The Aviation Studies Institute publishes white paper for fostering the public adoption of urban air mobility.


The Aviation Studies Institute, at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), has published their latest industry white paper “A Future with Autonomous Urban Air Mobility – Preparing Cities and Citizens.” This paper takes a human-centric looks at the challenges that lie ahead for the public acceptance and adoption of urban air mobility.

Developed in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yee Centre for Innovative Cities at SUTD, the paper utilises expertise in psychology, urban science, policy and planning and earlier work on autonomous ground vehicles.

Whilst much of the UAM industry’s push to date has been on aircraft certification and more recently integration into the airspace, ensuring customers are willing to use these services is perhaps less prominent, but no less important. Likewise, the need for third parties to be willing to accept them in their neighbourhoods and resolve challenges not limited to noise is also crucial for their viability.

The paper highlights several integrations challenges and makes several recommendations for policy makers and the industry alike.

The white paper is the final publication in a two-year long series of 6 paper that together reflects  upon the changing horizons for aviation in Southeast Asia.

It is freely available for download from the Aviation Studies Institute website.

“The Aviation Studies Institute at SUTD is pursuing its objective of supporting the development of aviation in the Asia-Pacific,”said Jamie Bloomfield, the Aviation Studies Institute’s Industry Engagement Lead. “When discussing Advance Air Mobility it can be tempting to focus on the immediate technological and airworthiness requirements, but ensuring people – whether passengers or third parties, are ‘onboard’ with UAM and other forms of AAM must not be overlooked .

“The paper complements the contributions the institute has been making to the CANSO CATS Work Group that is looking at Advanced Air Mobility.

“With this white paper, we hope to enlighten conversations about enabling the future air mobility and integrating it as part of a future transport network.”

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