One of the perks of building a city from scratch is one can dream big — or, more aptly, aim high — for its design.
Indonesia looks to be doing just that for Nusantara, with the hope that a transportation system involving flying cars can truly take off in the future capital city.
Civil engineer Professor Mohammed Ali Berawi, deputy head of the Green and Digital Transformations Department at the Nusantara Capital City Authority (OIKN), said that a deal with South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group is in place to develop and build an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) system in Nusantara.
“There will be a trial of the system [in Nusantara], planned for 2024,” he said.
However, due to the relative infancy of flying car technology, it may be decades yet before we see droves of air vehicles taking to the Nusantara sky.
“We’re not building this city for 2024; we are looking ahead to 2045, so that’s when the [flying car] tech is for. Now, it’s hard to imagine flying cars, but maybe they’ll be around by 2035,” Mohammed said.
“We can be one of the pioneers in the development of the tech.”
Indonesia is moving its capital city away from traffic-clogged, polluted, and sinking Jakarta to Nusantara, which is located in East Kalimantan Province. The government aims to begin relocating the country’s administrative hub to Nusantara in 2024.