Look up at the sky and you are bound to see a commercial aircraft or two disappearing behind the clouds. Perhaps a helicopter is surveying traffic above your city’s tallest skyscrapers. Maybe a drone is filming landscapes in your neighbourhood.
A century ago, nobody ever would have imagined so many aircraft in the sky at any given moment. But today, our skies are busier than ever: current air traffic has quadrupled in the last 30 years and is set to double in the next 15.* And change is on the horizon again. Recent developments—in battery capacity, autonomy and on-board technology—are making new kinds of aerial vehicles possible. These vehicles can fly higher—and lower—than ever before and offer new possibilities, from parcel-delivery drones to an air taxi service. This is the sky of the future, powered by Urban Air Mobility (UAM) solutions.
Our aim is to bring the public’s voice to the table to create an ecosystem that better prepares cities and city dwellers for autonomous and electric aerial vehicles in a way that takes into account their desires, hopes and fears.
- Jessie Mooberry, Airbus UTM Head of Deployment
*IATA, “2036 Forecast Reveals Air Passengers Will Nearly Double” http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2017-10-24-01.aspx