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DAY 19

DAY 19

IMAGINE OUR CITIES IN 2030

Airbus Urban Mobility creates solutions for future cities

The lunch break was drawing to a close on 8 June 2016. It had been a good meal, with good food and good company, but the A3 and Airbus employees sitting around the table left with something much better than a full stomach.

They took with them a napkin on which was scribbled the beginning of an idea: a rough sketch of a futuristic aerial vehicle concept, Vahana, which would be a first step in making personal, urban flight a reality.

 

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Since then, Vahana has evolved into a full-size electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) demonstrator vehicle. Today, Vahana is one of two eVTOL demonstrator vehicles in the Airbus portfolio, alongside the multi-passenger CityAirbus. Both are laying the technical groundwork in our quest to unlock the skies for urban mobility.

By 2030, 60% of people are expected to live in urban areas, which will place an unprecedented strain on existing mobility infrastructure. Today’s cities are increasingly looking to industries like aerospace to imagine new mobility possibilities as traffic congestion continues to get worse worldwide.


“We’re engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure we deliver a mobility system that has minimal environment impact and provides maximum societal benefit.”

Eduardo Dominguez-Puerta, Head of Airbus Urban Mobility.

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Public acceptance
Technology development
Infrastructure development
Airspace management

Whilst Vahana and CityAirbus have given rise to a new class of aerial vehicles designed to be electric-powered, emissions-free and suitable for urban transport, our pursuit of viable urban mobility solutions involves more than just vehicle development.

To co-create an entire industry from scratch, there’s a need to fit together all pieces of the puzzle, from regulation and infrastructure to airspace management and public acceptance.

“We’re engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure we deliver a mobility system that has minimal environment impact and provides maximum societal benefit,” says Eduardo Dominguez-Puerta, Head of Airbus Urban Mobility.

“By bringing the public’s voice to the table, we aim to better prepare cities and city dwellers for autonomous and electric aerial vehicles in a way that takes into account their desires, hopes and fears.”

In fact, in May 2018, we created a new entity, Airbus Urban Mobility, based in Munich, Germany. The team is focused on taking a holistic approach, bringing together all the critical components – technology, business models, city integration, infrastructure development, and airspace management – to take urban transport into the sky in a safe and sustainable manner.

In doing so, Airbus Urban Mobility ultimately aims to improve cities – and people’s lives – for the better.

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