Policies addressing possible urban air mobility market distortions – a first discussion

Advances in electric and distributed propulsion open up new options for urban transport by enabling the introduction of a new layer into the urban transport network. Urban Air Mobility (UAM) can be an addition to existing transport modes in the city environment. UAM is a mobility concept that is mainly assumed to be realized in an on-demand approach. The next-generation vertical take-off and landing (next-gen VTOL) vehicles are expected to be operated autonomously and to need dedicated infrastructure for take-off and landing. Therefore, a platform on which a ride with a next-gen VTOL, from and to specific vertiports, can be booked is assumed as base scenario for UAM introduction. Yet, welfare effects of UAM are still unclear. Different externalities reaching from noise and visibility to congestion at hubs escort the new transport system. Even the main advantage – the drastic increase in travel speed – may substantially change location choice of companies and households, which could lead to urban sprawl provoking new challenges for cities. Therefore, when discussing UAM introduction it is essential to bear in mind that the regulatory authority may intrude. This research aims at finding analogies between UAM and existing transport modes with a special focus on the regulatory framework they are facing in order to find different scenarios for UAM related policies.


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  • Accession Number: 01725883
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 20 2019 4:24PM