Altaport has developed an automation platform for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOLs) or air taxis.

Billed as a world-first, the vertiport automation system (VAS) has been designed to automate heliport, airport, and vertiport operations.

It was launched within the Philo Ventures startup studio that was co-founded by ex-Airbus and Google staff.

The system has been designed to manage various activities on behalf of ground infrastructure managers.

These include resource management, scheduling, ground movement safety monitoring, passenger management as well as fee collection.

Altaport claims that this will further enhance the efficiency of infrastructure managers, as well as help optimise revenue and safety at their landing facilities.

Altaport co-founder and Philo Ventures founding partner Cory Cozzens said: “The industry is severely unprepared for the demand to come. We’re only a couple years away from the introduction of eVTOLs, but most landing infrastructure managers are still using archaic toolsets to manage their operations.

“We’ve spent more than a decade building and launching operations that are highly reflective of what future AAM operations will look like, giving us unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that such operations present,” said Cozzens.

“The Altaport team has combined the learnings from those experiences with the technical standards established by the industry to date to build the leading vertiport automation platform.”

At present, the platform is deployed at various heliports across Brazil.

Altaport co-founder Robert Carroll said: “We are thrilled to see existing ground infrastructure managers use our platform. “Adopting Altaport’s technology early will enable landing locations to effectively prepare for the transition to electric and hybrid-electric aviation.”