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Los Angeles launches urban air mobility programme

The strategy will help Los Angeles map out challenges identified by local, diverse stakeholders surrounding public airspace and property rights – and implement solutions to these issues.

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The programme aims to engage and educate city residents about electric air mobility
The programme aims to engage and educate city residents about electric air mobility

Los Angeles has announced a one-year programme to help shape the future of the city’s airspace.

 

Described as a first-in-the-nation initiative, the Urban Air Mobility Partnership bids to “educate and engage” the city’s residents around the introduction of low-noise, electric aircraft by 2023. The programme is a product of a public-private partnership between the Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), and Urban Movement Labs (UML).

 

Airspace and property rights

 

The strategy will help Los Angeles map out challenges identified by local, diverse stakeholders surrounding public airspace and property rights – and implement solutions to these issues.

 

Working together, UML and the City will lead a multi-stakeholder effort to visualise a ‘vertiport’, a new piece of LA’s transportation network where people can go to fly on an urban air mobility aircraft.

 

The one-year partnership anticipates it will culminate in a policy toolkit that can be utilised and deployed by cities, counties, and tribal governments across the country.

 

“Los Angeles is where we turn today’s ideas into tomorrow’s reality – a place where a barrier-breaking concept like urban air mobility can truly get off the ground,” said Eric Garcetti, mayor.

 

“The Urban Air Mobility Partnership will make our city a force for cleaner skies, safer transportation, expanded prosperity, and stunning innovation, and provide a template for how other local governments can take this new technology to even greater heights.”

“This partnership sets a precedent for how diverse stakeholders can collaborate on a safe, community-centred approach to integrating aerial mobility technology into existing and new multimodal platforms”

With financial support from the Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group, this partnership will also see UML work hand-in-hand with Estolano Advisors to hire an urban air mobility fellow who will be charged with advancing a comprehensive public engagement strategy around urban air mobility. This includes how it will strengthen LA’s economy, when vehicles will take flight, and how it will impact and improve Angelenos’ daily lives.

 

“Developing a scalable system to support urban air mobility will ‘take a village’, and Hyundai is proud to work alongside the City of LA and Urban Movement Labs to advance this important mode of transportation,” said Pamela Cohn, chief operating officer, Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group.

 

“This partnership sets a precedent for how diverse stakeholders can collaborate on a safe, community-centred approach to integrating aerial mobility technology into existing and new multimodal platforms.”

 

The announcement of the partnership comes on the heels of the publication of the Principles of the Urban Sky, a collaboration between mayor Garcetti’s office, the World Economic Forum, and a group of 50 industry, not-for-profit, academic, and public sector stakeholders.

 

The principles establish a joint commitment to safe, low-noise, and sustainable urban air mobility operations that prioritise equity of access, connections to transit, purpose-driven data sharing, and local workforce development.

 

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