This article first appeared in Digital Edge, The Edge Malaysia Weekly on September 25, 2023 – October 1, 2023
In a thrilling leap into the future, Malaysia is set to revolutionise its transport landscape with the introduction of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. This cutting-edge aircraft promises to tackle the multiple challenges that have long plagued the country’s transport ecosystem.
If successfully integrated, eVTOL aircraft — which are sometimes referred to as air taxis for their ability to navigate urban environments with ease — have the potential to resolve the persistent last-mile connectivity woes faced by Malaysians on a daily basis by providing on-demand point-to-point transport in densely populated areas, boost tourism and generate new employment opportunities in various economic sectors.
Futurise Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cyberview Sdn Bhd, which comes under the purview of the Ministry of Finance, aims to make this a reality in Malaysia. eVTOL aircraft are able to move people and cargo between points that are currently not or not easily served by surface transport or existing aviation transport system, says its CEO Rosihan Zain in an exclusive interview with Digital Edge.
“We can look into aviation as a solution, not so much for international travel or intercountry, but for mobility within a city. This is where air taxis and eVTOL aircraft will play a critical role in ensuring connectivity for the first or last mile,” he adds.
To make this work, Futurise — which has been mandated to accelerate regulatory intervention, deploy tech innovations and foster new innovative ecosystems under the National Regulatory Sandbox (NRS) — is banking on collaborations with stakeholders such as the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and multiple global players in the eVTOL aircraft sector.