Urban air mobility – or “flying machines” – may be a more versatile way of investing in potential urban infrastructure.
How cities can prepare for ‘ flying cars ‘
Cities have undergone extensive changes over the past few years, both in metropolitan areas and in far more global areas, such as COVID-19.
The way people travel, the way they work and the motivation of their economy have been affected by these changes.
While a shocking new disorder is on its way with this situation – the cities have time to plan and form the correct response for their communities this time.
This next disruption goes by many names, but this latest solution to vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) provides an infrastructure (launch pads, etc.) that is less costly to construct than rail and technology that is safer and more affordable than conventional helicopters, whether you call it Urban Aerial Mobility (UAM), Helicopter 2.0 or even ‘flying cars.’ UAM, properly implemented, could connect existing transit nodes and also make it easier for cities to link transit needs to staff.
Moving machines, once seen as part of potential space-age, are within control.
Cautious forecasts from technology firms, as well as regulatory authorities, suggest that in as soon as 5 to 10 years, these solutions may be in operation
. But cities need to start planning now to form standards and aspirations in order to ensure that the public trusts this new alternative and that it really works for the needs of people.
Agenda spoke with Harrison Wolf, Lead for Aerospace and Drones of the World Economic Forum, to understand what is needed.
Wolf is helping to press for the introduction of a special collection of urban sky concepts to guide cities around the world.
Los Angeles is expected to adopt these principles, and collaborations will follow with other cities.