To take off, flying vehicles first need places to land
The dream of using new technologies to rise above the ever-increasing urban-road congestion has gained significant momentum. Many businesses are planning to build, operate, or manufacture urban-air-mobility (UAM) vehicles. These vehicles could eventually reach price points rivaling today’s taxi services and will be energy efficient, quiet, environmentally friendly, and eventually pilotless. But as this article explores to be truly successful UAM will require a variety of infrastructure to support unmanned air-traffic control, aircraft charging and/or refueling and connectivity.
An article published by McKinsey explores how physical infrastructure for UAM could evolve and help shape the market. The discussion focuses on intracity and metropolitan UAM travel with a distance of under 50 miles. While many other use cases exist for longer trips, they have different dynamics, economics, and infrastructure needs.