European Transport and Mobility Forum

Viable business for urban air mobility applications


(Marcia Urban) #1

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) as a novel technology and potential transport solution within and between urban areas currently is a frequently discussed topic. Besides the development of the technology, potential future passengers’ perception of the solution as well as viable business approaches are crucial for a successful implementation of UAM solutions in the existing transport system.

UAM promises faster transport, flexible and individual mobility, increased security, and improved sustainability and eco-friendliness. Several studies expect UAM to become a complementary solution to existing transport services. Most important factors for users comprise safety, noise, inequity, visual pollution, and privacy. Furthermore, certification and a required legal framework need to be in place.

Questions about a feasible and viable business model for the implementation of UAM remain:

  • Who will be the service provider and operator of such a service?
  • What are the major value propositions from such a service?
  • Which investments in infrastructure are required to operate UAM?
  • Who will be the customers of such a service and according markets?
  • Which price for the service is expected or required, in comparison with PT, private car, and shared urban transport services?
  • What are opportunities for users, cities or regions, manufacturers, operators, and investors?
  • What are potential freight transport applications? (freight drone services)

I kindly invite you to discuss with us, which elements are required for a viable business model for UAM services. Feel free to agree or disagree, comment, and share your thoughts on this topic!

(Alain L'Hostis) #2

I would add to the list of questions:

  • What regulation by urban (and national and European) actors will be set in place? What constraints will these regulations generate?

In addition: I am wondering how the promise of “increased security” of UAM is considered: is it compared to existing UAM services by helicopter, as in Sao Paulo? If it is compared to terrestrial Urban Mobility?

(Marcia Urban) #3

That is actually a valid point considering the regulation irritations we currently face with the introduction of drones.

The benefit of an increased security is argued to mainly result from autonomous systems since UAM addresses the target to provide autonomous vehicles.