May 28, 2024

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REEF Technology, Archer Aviation Husband or wife to Operate Air Taxis

A rendering of Archer's proposed air taxis from REEF’s parking garages (Archer/Twitter)

A rendering of Archer’s proposed air taxis from REEF’s parking garages (Archer/Twitter)

REEF Technology has unused flat rooftops. Archer Aviation has electric powered mini-helicopters. Together, they could possibly have one thing.

The two companies are partnering to run Archer’s proposed air taxis from REEF’s parking garages in Miami and Los Angeles.
The companions intention to start air taxi assistance from REEF garage rooftops by 2024, according to the Professional Observer. Archer is nevertheless negotiating with the Federal Aviation Administration to get its aircraft into provider.

The deal will give Archer obtain to “largely dormant rooftop web pages throughout some of the most densely populated and seriously congested city city locations in the US,” beginning with Miami and L.A., a press release stated.

REEF is coming off a enormous calendar year and has been in expansion mode. The company’s SoftBank-led $700 million fundraising round last yr was the biggest of any business in 2020 by significantly. Late final 12 months, REEF partnered with Oaktree on a $300 million expenditure automobile.

The enterprise, founded in 2013, presents hardware and program providers to parking large amount entrepreneurs. It also leases and operates its personal garages.

Previous 12 months, the enterprise began partnering with startups for other operations, which includes retail and cloud kitchens, on past-mile shipping company. The company lately declared that Wendy’s ideas to open 700 shipping and delivery-only kitchens at its attributes.

Archer, meanwhile, lately unveiled its initially plane, Maker. The business claims the small electric powered vertical-takeoff-and-landing craft, or eVTOL, is “the most aerodynamic and efficient electrical plane to ever acquire to the skies.”

Archer’s traveling machines aren’t the only types set to get off and land at REEF homes. Before this summer season REEF partnered with air taxi provider Joby Aviation at its Miami garages.

[CO] — Dennis Lynch