Airbus Urban Air Mobility, part of the European Union’s largest aircraft manufacturer, creates digital air traffic management solutions for what they are calling “the next era of aviation”. The concept of aerial urban mobility with all its delivery drones, unmanned aircraft and air cabs is already a reality. However, it is necessary to develop an infrastructure that defines safe conditions to be able to do it massively in the future.
According to world statistics, by 2030, 60% of today’s population of 7.5 billion people will live in megacities. This basically means that, for example, cities such as New York, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles, Madrid and Mexico City, among others, will be denser.
For this reason, during the Sustainable Mobility Meeting held in Medellin, Colombia, Darcy Olmos, regional director of Airbus Urban Air Mobility, said:
“People spend a lot of time in traffic and we think that, as Einstein said, more of the same is not going to solve the problem that needs a radical solution.”
“Democratizing the air”: the future solution to urban air mobility
Olmos added during his speech:
“We believe in being able to democratize the air in the future, because it is going to be an innovative solution with electric cars that respect the environment. And because of the low cost of this infrastructure, because the adequacy of the air kilometer compared to other means of transport is not only more feasible but also more innovative.”
The company, confident that the future lay in digital technology, launched the Voom app 18 months ago in Mexico and Sao Paulo. It is a helicopter air cab service, and the balance according to the company is successful. Nearly 12,000 passengers have been transported, of which 60% say they have never used it before and less than 50% use the service again.
Finally, Olmos concluded that it is vitally important for governments that plan to be in public policy for 10 or 15 years to be familiar with the concept of aerial urban mobility. And consider it as a priority solution to the major problems of congestion and pollution in large cities.
Regarding the above, Olmos said:
“The opportunity is for this to develop harmoniously, there is already high public acceptance.”
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