UTM: Enabling the Future of Urban Air Mobility
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is a set of technologies and services that enables on-demand and scheduled low-altitude transport of passengers and goods in urban and suburban environments. People will be transported primarily by eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles, also known as air taxis). Initially, eVTOL transport will cover shorter range, intra-urban distances; as vehicle technologies mature, eVTOLs will likely be able to serve longer routes. NASA predicts that by 2030, there will be approximately 23,000 air taxis transporting approximately 740 million passengers worldwide.
In order for Urban Air Mobility to become a reality, it must be safe and scalable, which means the industry has to overcome significant barriers to adoption and growth. The robust UTM infrastructure that supports drone operators today also offers a first step to solving many of the barriers facing UAM, and is what will allow eVTOLs to safely enter low-altitude airspace at scale.