Volocopter urban air mobility white paper explores challenges when launching air taxis

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Volocopter has published the ‘Pioneering the Urban Air Taxi Revolution’ white paper to discuss the current issues faced when launching air taxis in megacities of the world.

Authorised by Jan-Hedrik Boelens, CTO of Volocopter, it looks at the difficulties behind developing and certifying the technology and infrastructure needed to get urban air mobility off the ground.

Primarily, the paper focuses on the topics safety and certification, noise emissions, range and speed, operating costs, capacity, and usability.

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More specifically, the Volocopter outlines how it believes there is no single ‘best’ eVTOL concept due to the fact the specific mission is paramount when designing electrically powered aircraft.

It also found: “Air taxis serving the intra-city UAM mission need to cover the most popular high-traffic routes in major cities, offering meaningful time savings and/or allow connections between points that are not well served by current options.”

The paper shows that a range of 25 to 35 km is viable and a valid starting point to develop the market.

Additionally, it highlighted that to be publicly accepted, noise emissions of aircrafts are a decisive factor as well as pricing to ensure air taxis are accessible to a large customer base.

Last month, CDP reported on Volocopter teaming up with Skyports to develop an infrastructure plan.

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