Urban Air Mobility: key players, technology and challenges

Urban Air Mobility is one of the most rapidly developing segments in aviation. Mark Broadbent look at who’s doing what, the technology involved and the challenges confronting the fledgling sector

The notion of flying cars transporting people through the skies as portrayed decades ago in TV shows like Thunderbirds or movies like Blade Runner, is still a long way from reality. However, Urban Air Mobility or UAM (also known as advanced air mobility) has most definitely moved from the aerospace industry’s fringes to its centre-ground thanks to both the quirky-looking electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft designed to fly passengers and cargo-carrying unmanned systems.

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