Urban Air Mobility
The percentage of individuals inhabiting metropolitan landscapes has been seeing a marked increase per decade – in Greece particularly it is estimated that 70% of the population lives in the country’s major urban centres – making transport within these areas particularly problematic.
Urban Air Mobility is a new air transportation system for passengers and cargo in and around densely populated and built environments, made possible by vertical take-off and landing electric aircraft (eVTOL) equipped with new technologies such as enhanced battery technologies and electric propulsion. These aircraft will have a pilot on board or be remotely piloted
WHEN WILL URBAN AIR MOBILITY APPEAR IN EUROPEAN CITIES?
Some UAM operations are already taking place in third countries, such as Switzerland, for instance for the delivery of goods or of medical equipment.
In Europe, UAM solutions are currently being tested through pilot projects and demonstrators. Commercial UAM operations in the EU could happen within 3 to 5 years! Read about HUSI’s contribution to the advancement of UAM through pilot projects here.
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is expected to create environmental benefits as well as advantages for citizen and businesses – related to commercial as well as emergency use cases. Within the specific context of the standardization of unmanned aerial vehicle operation, in place of other transport methods, the alleviation of the conditions produced by carbon emissions, fossil fuel extraction and urban congestion, amongst others, is well documented. HUSI is working within this framework to create an integrated approach to address mobility and supply chains, testing balanced strategies to face the rising challenges of these two growing sectors and to achieve sustainable development and a better quality of life in the participating cities.