Urban Aerial Mobility Challenge: The Path to Scale

The Challenge

As cities and suburban areas struggle with increasing congestion and the need to provide mobility services for a growing population, government policymakers and urban planners are beginning to consider how new aerial platforms can be part of the solution. Innovative companies are seeking the ability to test the possibilities of personal autonomous flight, but require a clear policy environment to support deployment and implementation. 

The Opportunity

The World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be partnering with select governments around the world that are interested in serving as a testbed for new policies and regulations on how to deploy, integrate, and scale shared aerial mobility into their existing mobility networks.

The Centre will convene a working group of experts from industry, public sector, civil society, and academia to help identify key challenges and then plan, model, and implement a groundbreaking shared aerial transportation system to test the effectiveness of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) passenger aircraft as a viable transit solution. Governments at the country, state, and city level will be eligible to apply. This project community will help support one of the world’s first implementations of this kind of technology as well as create a policy template that will be publicly released and showcased through the Forum’s global platform in order to accelerate scaling and adoption by communities around the world. 

As the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation, the World Economic Forum is uniquely positioned as a neutral platform to bring together stakeholders in a way that engenders trust and lends credibility to the project outputs. This project builds on the World Economic Forum’s 2015 research into Personal Mobility and Self-Driving Vehicles. The recently published results from that project details policy recommendations to that that maximizes the social benefits of the technology and mitigate potential negative impacts.