Urban Air Mobility, eVTOL Passenger Aircraft

In this post/video I list many of the companies involved in the field of Urban Air Mobility and the aircraft in development.

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is the term applied to VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) and eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) vehicles designed to carry one or more people within or between cities.

These new types of aircraft may be commercially piloted, privately piloted, or autonomous drones. They may carry passengers, be flown solo, or ferry medical supplies and other cargo or deliveries.

But what’s the demand? Why do we need another form of transport?

We are familiar with the delays and frustrations caused by congestion on roads and railways, and the strains placed upon our transport infrastructure. Roads and railways are expensive to build and maintain, and they can be very damaging to the environment.

We’ve also grown accustomed to the idea that we have to switch to more sustainable and less polluting forms of energy consumption. And we also recognise there is continuing and growing demand for personal and public transportation within and between our cities.

People want safe, convenient, affordable transport powered by sustainable energy.

Now it seems we’ve reached the point where all the necessary ingredients are in place to create a rapid period of growth in urban air mobility. The demand exists, the investment and the vision are in place, and the technology has advanced to a point where prototypes have been flown and tested. And so, it is predicted that by 2025 we’ll see the first viable flying taxis and airborne intercity shuttles, and by 2050 they are likely to have become commonplace.

There are now several viable aircraft ready to fly as urban air taxis, intercity commuter aircraft, and airport shuttles. What follows is a list of the companies involved in the development of these aircraft.

Some of these companies are well known global brands and others are startups bringing innovations to the industry. If you think I’ve missed any then please post a comment under this video and I will investigate.

Urban Air Mobility Aircraft Developers

A³ by Airbus
https://www.vahana.aero
Aircraft: Vahana

Avianovations
https://hepard.avianovations.com
Aircraft: Hepard

Airbus Helicopters
https://www.airbus.com
Aircraft: Airbus CityAirbus, Pop.Up Next

Airspace Experience Technologies, LLC
https://www.asx.us
Aircraft: AirspaceX MOBi

Astro Aerospace
https://flyastro.com/
Aircraft: Elroy

Aurora Flight Sciences
https://www.aurora.aero
Aircraft: Aurora eVTOL

AutoflightX GmbH
https://www.autoflightx.com
Aircraft: AutoFlightX BAT600

Bartini, Inc.
https://www.bartini.aero
Aircraft: Bartini Flying Car

Bell
https://www.bellflight.com
Aircraft: Bell Nexus

The Beta Technologies
https://www.beta.team/
Aircraft: Ava XC

Boeing Company
https://www.boeing.com
Aircraft: Boeing Cargo Aerial Vehicle

Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC
https://www.cartercopters.com
Aircraft: Carter Aviation Air Taxi

The Delorean Aerospace
http://www.deloreanaerospace.com/
Aircraft: DR-7

Ehang
http://www.ehang.com/ehang184/
Aircraft: Ehang 184

Embraer
https://embraer.com/
EmbraerX eVTOL division

HopFlyt
http://hopflyt.com/
Aircraft: Venturi

Hoversurf
https://www.hoversurf.com/
Aircraft: Drone Taxi

Kitty Hawk Corporation
https://www.kittyhawk.aero
Aircraft: Kitty Hawk Cora, Kitty Hawk Flyer

Jaunt Air Mobility, LLC
https://www.jauntairmobility.com
Aircraft: Jaunt

Jetpack Aviation
https://jetpackaviation.com/
Aircraft: Speeder

Joby Aviation
https://www.jobyaviation.com
Aircraft: Joby S4

Karem Aircraft, Inc.
https://www.karemaircraft.com
Aircraft: Karem Butterfly

Lilium GmbH
https://www.lilium.com
Aircraft: Lilium Jet

Neoptera Aero Ltd
https://neoptera.aero
Aircraft: Neoptera eOpter

NFT Inc.
https://www.nftinc.com
Aircraft: NFT eVTOL

Opener
https://www.opener.aero/
Aircraft: BlackFly

PAL-V
https://www.pal-v.com/en/
Aircraft: Flying Car

Piasecki Aircraft Corporation
https://www.piasecki.com
Aircraft: Piasecki eVTOL

Pipistrel Vertical Solutions
https://www.pipistrel.si
Aircraft: Pipistrel

Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc.
https://www.sabrewingaircraft.com
Aircraft: Sabrewing Draco-2 UAS

Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
https://www.lockheedmartin.com
Aircraft: Sikorsky VERT

Skyworks Global
https://www.skyworks-global.com
Aircraft: Hawk

Terrafugia, Inc.
https://www.terrafugia.com
Aircraft: Terrafugia TF-X

Top Flight Technologies
https://www.tflighttech.com
Aircraft: Airborg H8 10K

TranscendAir
https://transcend.aero
Aircraft: Vy 400

Uber
https://www.uber.com
Aircraft~: Air Taxis

Urban Aeronautics Ltd.
https://www.urbanaero.com
Aircraft: Urban Aeronautics CityHawk

Vimana
https://vimana.global
Aircraft: Autonomous Aerial Vehicles

Volocopter
https://www.volocopter.com
Aircraft: Volocopter VC200, Volocopter 2X

X VerdeGo Aero
https://www.verdegoaero.com
Aircraft: PAT200

XTI Aircraft Co.
https://www.xtiaircraft.com
Aircraft: XTI Aircraft TriFan 600

Urban Air Mobility Challenges

Before we can all start booking air taxis on our apps there are still some big obstacles to overcome.

Safety is the primary concern but there are also challenges in the areas of infrastructure and noise.

Stability in the air is another. No one wants to take a ride in an air taxi that’s being buffeted by gusts between the skyscrapers.

Then of course there are things like battery power, vehicle separation, take-off and landing sites, and so on.

But as always, where there’s a will there’s a way.

So while our cities have yet to take on the appearance of Los Angeles in Blade Runner there’s a good chance that you may be able to take a ride in an air taxi in the next ten years.

You, or some of your children and grand children will be piloting these aircraft while others will be autonomous air vehicles i.e. passenger drones.

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In the meantime, please post a comment below with any questions or ideas.

How do you think this industry will evolve?

Which designs will succeed and why?

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