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Accelerate the "flying car" into reality | Aerofugia and Dassault Systèmes have reached a strategic cooperation
Monday, 5 June 2023

On May 29, 2023, Geely Aerofugia and Dassault Systèmes, the global leader in 3DEXPERIENCE solutions, signed a strategic cooperation agreement. Based on the digital capabilities of Dassault Systèmes' 3D EXPERIENCE platform, the two parties will plan to build an end-to-end integrated product for the whole life-cycle of the development platform, the best practice in creating eVTOL (flying vehicle) innovative products.

eVTOL is a safe, reliable, environmentally friendly, cost-effective and innovative aviation transportation tool, and is regarded as a solution to optimize the transportation pain points of future urban areas and integrated urban and rural development. On the other hand, as a civil manned aircraft used for passenger commercial operations in a low-altitude environment, eVTOL also faces challenges such as safety, airworthiness certification, overall design, lightweight composite material structure, integrated clean energy and distributed power. Many challenges, such as propulsion, flight quality and comfort, and adaptability to multi-mission scenarios, need to be solved one by one through technological innovation.

Based on demand-oriented product development and meeting the needs of aircraft product airworthiness, Aerofugia and Dassault Systèmes have cooperated to build an integrated product life-cycle development platform, aiming to improve the agile iteration of early products, and based on system engineering in the mid-term design and analysis of complete aircraft, subsystems, parts, cables and harnesses, and hardware and software, and design and development capabilities, technological innovation capabilities, and product competitiveness for continuous assurance of quality and safety, cost delivery, and functional optimisation and upgrading in the later stage. At the same time, in the fields of safety airworthiness, system engineering, configuration management, and project management that the eVTOL industry attaches great importance to, the platform will also help enterprises in safety design, CAE simulation verification, airworthiness support system, and digital management.

Since its establishment, Aerofugia has been adhering to positive research and development, adhering to a pragmatic international, systematic and differentiated layout on the product side, aiming at the final goal of large-scale commercial operation of low-altitude travel, with high safety, high performance, and continuous airworthiness guarantee, and focusing on digital lean R&D and manufacturing.

As a leader in providing 3D EXPERIENCE solutions to customers around the world, Dassault Systèmes provides virtual spaces for enterprises and customers to simulate sustainable innovation. Dassault Systèmes has brought value to more than 220,000 customers of different industries and sizes in more than 140 countries. As the first eVTOL enterprise in China to reach a strategic cooperation with Dassault Systèmes, Aerofugia will look to lead and set a benchmark in the domestic eVTOL industry.

Dr. Guo Liang, CEO and Chief Scientist of Aerofugia:

Aerofugia has been committed to combining technological innovation with practical applications to bring safer, more efficient and more comfortable travel experience to the public. We look forward to working with Dassault Systèmes to build a new eVTOL (flying vehicle) innovative R&D, manufacturing and continuous operation model, to promote the sustainable development of the entire industry value chain, to continuously promote the actual implementation of urban smart three-dimensional traffic scenarios, and to create a green, sustainable and digital three-dimensional transportation ecosystem.

Dassault Systèmes Global Executive Vice President and Asia Pacific President Kkaou Samson:

The research, development and promotion of urban three-dimensional transportation is a subversive work, and there are many difficulties: technical problems, new working models, and collaborative work between various organisations and supply chains. Dassault Systèmes has the world's leading digital platform technology, and Aerofugia has excellent R&D capabilities. It is believed that Dassault Systèmes can assist Aerofugia to put innovative ideas into practice and jointly create cross-industry best practices.

Chen Li, COO and head of digital operations of Aerofugia:

Today is a new starting point for both parties. I believe that there will be more in-depth cooperation in the fields of product research and development, airworthiness, supply chain management and other fields in the future. Facing the new trillion-level eVTOL market, we will build projects, products, and organisations An industry benchmark for operations.

Zhang Ying, President of Dassault Systèmes Greater China:

Dassault Systèmes originated in the aviation industry and has 40 years of experience in aviation technology development. Our 3D EXPERIENCE platform empowers many automotive heads and new energy vehicle companies to achieve digital transformation. We hope to apply Dassault Systèmes' digital cross-industry innovation practice to help eVTOL create an excellent air traffic experience and serve safer, Convenient and efficient future air travel.

Dr. Xue Songbai, CTO and general manager of Aerofugia low-altitude travel, introduced the business plan and project progress of Wofei Changkong low-altitude travel. Zhou Peiming, senior director of the automotive industry in Greater China, shared the progress of Wofei Changkong 3D EXPERIENCE platform project and future work planning.

Contact details from our directory:
Aerofugia Airframer
Geely Global Research/Consulting Services
Dassault Systemes Computer-aided Design, Product Lifecycle Management
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