USEPE's Urban Air Mobility Workshop tackles UAM challenges

While Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is a fairly new concept, it is seen to enhance the current mobility network and can potentially alleviate problems like congestion, while also saving on costs and time. However, its introduction is not without challenges!

Therefore, to complement AURORA’s ongoing stakeholder and citizen engagement activities, the AURORA project organised a joint workshop with three other EU-funded projects - AiRMOURFF2020, and USEPE. Gathering stakeholders and citizens, the workshop aimed to better understand the impact and complexities of the emerging UAM industry.

The "Urban Air Mobility for All" Workshop was held on 17 May in Brussels and included 17 participants in total. Participants engaged in a lively three-hour discussion about the challenges of integrating UAM services into European cities and debated UAM’s use-cases. It is clear from the discussions, however, that more analysis is required to understand UAM’s societal benefits, both in general and about its use-cases like emergency services, parcel delivery, passenger transport, and surveillance.

After a fruitful discussion, some lingering questions remain:

  • How can we deal with UAM? Who is responsible for enforcing rules?
  • How can we create added value for citizens and cities?
  • Are all the benefits and consequences known? Where should investments be placed?

Want to read more about the workshop and its results? Read the full report here.