Denso and Honeywell Join Forces to Advance Urban Air Mobility

Denso Corp., which has its North American headquarters in Southfield, has signed a long-term agreement with Honeywell Aerospace to focus on electric propulsion units to meet modern aerospace needs.
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interior rendering of air taxi
Denso and Honeywell are joining forces to advance urban air mobility. The next-generation of aerial taxis are being developed by a host of companies, including Detroit Aircraft and its sister company, ASX (pictured is a concept interior of MOBI-ONE). Rendering courtesy of Detroit Aircraft.

Denso Corp., which has its North American headquarters in Southfield, has signed a long-term agreement with Honeywell Aerospace to focus on electric propulsion units to meet modern aerospace needs.

The initial collaboration will focus on urban air mobility (UAM), which encompasses new technology such as air taxis and delivery vehicles.

The companies are in advanced discussions with current and prospective customers with the intent of producing flight test configurations of their electric propulsion systems within the next year.

The UAM products they will produce aim to provide cleaner, safer, quieter, and more efficient transportation in and between cities.

“Mobility needs are changing, and this collaboration represents how Denso is evolving to meet them,” says Jiro Ebihara, a senior executive officer and head of the electrification systems business group at Denso. “While we have committed to achieve a carbon-neutral society, we still need to reduce traffic and offer eco-friendly movement in population-dense areas. Working with Honeywell will help address both these issues and furthers our goal of creating mobility that is green and offers peace of mind.”

Denso develops powertrain, mobility, electrification, thermal, and electronic systems for nearly every make and model of road vehicle in existence today.

Honeywell is one of the world’s leading makers of electronics, engines, and mechanical systems for aircraft. Virtually every airliner in the sky uses at least one of their systems, such as engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, mechanical components, and wireless connectivity systems.

“Honeywell technologies have helped power human flight for more than 100 years, and as electric propulsion for aircraft takes shape, Honeywell will be at the forefront with partners like Denso,” says Dave Marinick, president of engines and power systems at Honeywell Aerospace. “Denso’s leadership in automotive technology combined with our experience in Aerospace will help bring about cleaner and smarter ways for people to move throughout the world.”

The alliance will enhance Denso’s Second Founding, the company’s strategy to provide value in non-vehicle focused areas, contributing to the creation of the core technologies for future mobility.

The two companies will work together to seek customers who can help transform how the world moves, making transportation safer, more sustainable, and efficient. UAM providers interested in learning more about the companies’ electric propulsion systems can connect with the Denso-Honeywell team here.

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