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Urban Air Mobility
A dream not so trivial
TECH FOCUS:
UrBAN MOBiliTy/UAM
technology innovation system that integrates
automotive and aeronautic industries.
The classic example of FM/lM is connecting people to the bus stop or train
station when their homes are a couple of miles from the nearest stop, but
the local public transit network will take them to the general vicinity of their
destination.
Micromobility, User Input, and Standardization
Micromobility refers to lightweight modes of
transportation, such as bicycling and scootering. It is
often discussed in the context of minimizing traffic
congestion and transportation pollution by
encouraging people to travel shorter (i.e., typically
urban) distances using micromobility instead of by
single-occupancy vehicles. It is also frequently
championed as a solution to the " first-mile/last-mile "
(FM/LM) problem, which refers to the distance
between a transit hub and a commuter's destination.
If the demographics and intended users of
micromobility vary largely by the community, surely
that means we must identify different reasons for
using micromobility (e.g., recreational purposes,
navigating college campuses). This is not to say those
are bad purposes; however, to innovate and regulate
technology in a way that is useful and efficient for
society, we must account for the actual use rather
than the intended use.
UPDATE
Unsettled Issues Concerning
Urban Air Mobility
Infrastructure
Urban air mobility (UAM) refers
to urban transportation systems
that move people by air. UAM is a
subset of advanced air mobility
(AAM). While UAM addresses
urban areas, AAM addresses the
wider field of application
including commercial intercity
services. This has significant
potential for reducing traffic
congestion in cities and
providing an integrated
approach to urban mobility. At a
minimum, it offers an alternative
form of travel leading to
reductions in commute/travel
times and improved reliability.
With the emergence of electric
vertical takeoff and landing
(eVTOL) aircraft, drone
technology, and the possibility of
automated aircraft, interest in
this topic has grown
considerably.
Private sector solution
providers, including aerospace
and technology companies, are
growing players in this space.
This technology area is also of
considerable interest to urban
planners and transportation
professionals seeking solutions
to urban transportation
October 2023
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