The news of a collaboration between Volocopter and Microsoft was first made public in 2020 when Volocopter and Lufthansa Industry Solutions announced plans to develop the VoloIQ for autonomous aircraft operations using Microsoft Azure.
The concept behind the VoloIQ is pretty simple- it aims at providing complete digital transparency and greater ecosystem efficiency in real-time. By utilizing this digital resource, Volocopter’s services and all the relevant process elements needed to realize this service will be user-friendly and digitally accessible for customers, pilots, operators, and stakeholders alike.
Touted to be the digital backbone for enabling the whole Volocopter Urban Air Mobility Services ecosystem, it will also serve as the brain for the company’s air taxi services.
Volocopter’s proprietary intelligent and integrated “Urban Air Mobility Software Platform” will run on Microsoft Azure and will enable the VoloIQ’s flight and service support for Volocopter’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft-Volocity, Volodrone and VoloConnect), alongside ground infrastructure (VoloPort) support in real-time.
VoloIQ will use artificial intelligence to enable :
- Global-scale air taxi operations
- Seamless customer service (such as simple booking) and integration with smart cities, existing mobility providers, and new services
- Increase safety and efficiency, decrease costs, and ensure a reliable and smooth user experience off- and online
- Optimize aircraft utilization and an increased lifetime for individual components
From the newest technologies to regulation, creating solutions to seamlessly address the cloud computing requirements for supporting continued advancements in aviation is a complex endeavor. We certainly see the potential a secure, robust, and efficient cloud platform could offer aerospace and urban air mobility operators. Working in collaboration with Volocopter, we will start to build the foundation for a commercial model for an aerospace cloud.Uli Homann— CVP of Cloud and AI at Microsoft
Furthermore, the VoloIQ’s solid scope will streamline Volocopter’s transition into an autonomous air taxi services provider when the time comes and bolster its efficient maintenance and infrastructure as soon as it becomes operational.
Having Microsoft on board as a project partner and investor is proof that the solutions Volocopter creates – like the VoloIQ – are pioneering and hold remarkable market potential. We’re proud that Microsoft Azure is the one to provide a secure cloud and thus to ensure safety remains at the forefront of our operationssaid Alexander Oelling, Volocopter’s Chief Digital Officer
Volocopter plans to launch commercial flights in Paris and Singapore by 2024.