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Hyundai appoints new research lead for urban air mobility division

Hyundai Motor Group has appointed J. Scott Drennan as vice president of its Urban Air Mobility (UAM) division to lead research and development of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

Drennan will report to Jaiwon Shin, executive vice president (EVP) and head of UAM division.

The division aims to provide innovative smart mobility solutions to address ever-increasing traffic congestion in megacities around the world that suffer economic and environmental tolls due to lost productivity and air pollution.

Prior to joining Hyundai, Drennan spent more than 25 years with Bell Textron and made contributions to the V-22, the AW609 and the V-280, all vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

Drennan said: “In our daily lives, we lose too much precious time in traffic congestion. I want to give that time back to people through safe, accessible and sustainable vertical mobility.”

Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES),  Hyundai showcased a concept personal air vehicle (PAV) model S-A1 that was built in collaboration with Uber Elevate, as Uber and Hyundai agreed to work together in the aerial ridesharing field.

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