Hyundai Motor Group’s US unit and eVTOL developer Supernal has reached an alliance with Microsoft that will see the former using the tech giant’s cloud computing platform to develop advanced air mobility (AAM) solutions.

The partnership will focus on advancing autonomy, digital operations and cloud integration technologies for the aviation segment.

Hyundai Motor Group president and Supernal CEO Dr Jaiwon Shin said: “In ushering in a new frontier of transportation with Advanced Air Mobility, Supernal has an obligation to ensure safe and secure deployment of eVTOL vehicles.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Microsoft, a software leader, in responsibly advancing AAM autonomous systems and information-sharing.”

Microsoft has initially agreed to provide Supernal early access to Project AirSim, which is an artificial intelligence (AI)-first simulation platform.

The platform aims at building, testing, training and validating autonomous aircraft transportation through simulation.

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AirSim project will use Microsoft’s Azure technology to create environmental and sensory data to train machine learning models that simulate all phases of flight and variable weather patterns.

The project will comprise libraries of pre-trained AI models and planet-scale 3D environments of urban and rural landscapes, as well as a partner ecosystem offering synthetic data generation to help accelerate aerial autonomy.

Microsoft Cloud + AI corporate vice-president Ulrich Homann said: “Air transport is a key pillar in the democratisation of mobility, connecting more people, goods and places through safe flight experiences.

“With the Microsoft Cloud, Supernal can unlock the computing power it takes to build, validate, and deploy electric air vehicles at scale, spurring the commercialisation of advanced air mobility solutions.”

Last April, Supernal and Urban-Air Port introduced the Air-One vertiport in the UK, which is said to be the first functional ‘multi-modal infrastructure hub’ for handling future electric air travel.