Aerospace is drawing heavily on the automotive sector, from its battery technology to the passengers themselves, to get urban air mobility (UAM) off the ground. But carmakers are not leaving it all to the aviation industry as they, too, work to become providers of on-demand transportation. So far, automakers have mainly played the role of investor in the nascent electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) industry. But it is a significant role. Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, ...

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