Urban Air Mobility (UAM)

Our Ambition

Main Goal: Putting urban mobility into the third dimension - the airspace (Flying vehicles) 


Enabling efficient and effective mobility in urban areas is a key challenge. In the EU, traffic congestion currently costs almost €100 billion a year. The reason behind this working group is to contribute to bringing urban mobility into the third dimension – the airspace (flying vehicles).

As such, this working group will offer a forum for diverse stakeholders already involved, or to be involved, in urban, and urban air, mobility at intra-city and inter-city level.

The expectation from this multi-stakeholder approach is the bringing together of the relevant communities to jointly work together on accelerating UAM market uptake, increasing public acceptance, and sharing innovative ideas. From this perspective, it is expected that the UAM working group will enable the development of strong interfaces between, at least, the drone and urban planning communities that will fuel the definition of a deployment strategy and roadmap for the next generation urban mobility featuring the air dimension. Another objective is to match European cities with stakeholders interested in launching practical demonstration studies in European cities.

Status and Forward Plans

First Phase 

(Q4, 2017 – Q2, 2018)

Inform about & Engage on demonstration projects: Create and involve a multi-stakeholder community around each committed city to define a demonstration project for smart mobility featuring UAM.

Second Phase

(Q2, 2018 – Q1, 2019)

Define & Prepare demonstration projects: Develop, qualify and articulate UAM business and service concepts towards integrated urban mobility solutions as part of a detailed demonstration project proposal. Decide on GO – NoGO based on partners’ commitment, project attractiveness and financing raised and secured.

Third Phase 

(Q1-Q4, 2019)

Run & Conclude demonstration projects: Organise execution of the actual demonstration projects across cities/regions. Derive lessons learnt from each demonstration project and make recommendations for a UAM deployment strategy and roadmap.

UAM Initiative Dissemination Events 

(in Q1, 2020)

Achievements and Way Forward.


To know more...

Contact us at: sustainablemobility@eu-smartcities.eu

Management Team

AIRBUS - Senior Manager, Strategy & Innovation
Initiative Lead

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