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
Aircraft: Airbus CityAirbus, Pop.Up Next
Airspace Experience Technologies, LLC
Aircraft: AirspaceX MOBi
Aurora Flight Sciences
Aircraft: Aurora eVTOL
Aircraft: AutoFlightX BAT600
Aircraft: Bartini Flying Car
Aircraft: Bell Nexus
The Beta Technologies
Aircraft: Ava XC
Aircraft: Boeing Cargo Aerial Vehicle
Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC
Aircraft: Carter Aviation Air Taxi
The Delorean Aerospace
Aircraft: Ehang 184
EmbraerX eVTOL division
Aircraft: Drone Taxi
Kitty Hawk Corporation
Aircraft: Kitty Hawk Cora, Kitty Hawk Flyer
Jaunt Air Mobility, LLC
Aircraft: Joby S4
Karem Aircraft, Inc.
Aircraft: Karem Butterfly
Aircraft: Lilium Jet
Neoptera Aero Ltd
Aircraft: Neoptera eOpter
Aircraft: NFT eVTOL
Aircraft: Flying Car
Piasecki Aircraft Corporation
Aircraft: Piasecki eVTOL
Pipistrel Vertical Solutions
Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc.
Aircraft: Sabrewing Draco-2 UAS
Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
Aircraft: Sikorsky VERT
Aircraft: Terrafugia TF-X
Top Flight Technologies
Aircraft: Airborg H8 10K
Aircraft: Vy 400
Aircraft~: Air Taxis
Urban Aeronautics Ltd.
Aircraft: Urban Aeronautics CityHawk
Aircraft: Autonomous Aerial Vehicles
Aircraft: Volocopter VC200, Volocopter 2X
X VerdeGo Aero
XTI Aircraft Co.
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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