With the number of people living in urban areas increasing by around 3 percent each decade, transport in urban areas is expected to become even more challenging than it is today.
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.
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- See the ’10-key survey results’ interactive infographic for an overview of the results
When will Urban Air mobility appear in European cities?
Some UAM operations are already taking place in third countries, 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.
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.
What do European citizens think about Urban Air Mobility?
Citizens’ acceptance and future UAM users’ confidence will be essential to the successful deployment of Urban Air Mobility in Europe.
EASA conducted a comprehensive study on the societal acceptance of UAM operations across the European Union.
The study was carried out over a period of six months from November 2020 until May 2021. It included thorough research, literature review, urban market analysis, a quantitative survey, a qualitative survey and a detailed noise test. Around 4000 residents from 6 major cities / regions were consulted:
*Öresund region: Denmark & Sweden: Copenhagen, Hillerod, Helsingor, Malmo & Lund
The results of the survey are important input for EASA to understand EU citizens’ main concerns, and will enable EASA and the EU to make an informed decision for a proportionate regulation that takes main societal expectations into consideration while guaranteeing safety.
Following a thorough analysis of survey results, EASA compiled a number of interesting material to explain Urban Air Mobility and its use cases:
Reviewing the below material will give you in-depth understanding of UAM:
- Full report
- Summary of report
- Detailed survey results
- FAQs - frequently asked questions related to UAM
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