Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) developments are increasingly in the news this year. Major car and aircraft makers, startups, network operators, and investors are taking the business of urban passenger air transit seriously. More than $1 billion has been invested in eVTOL research and development— even before government regulations are finalized. Investors bet electric air taxis can be operational within 10 years. Some believe we’ll have autonomous, personal air transit before autonomous cars are widely used.
Many complex issues are in the mix, including developing and applying technologies, such as AI, machine vision, and batteries; regulation; security; safety and politics of air access; and bringing on-demand services to market. What will it take to successfully lift passengers above the roadways and deliver them safely, affordably, and expediently to their destinations?
Nikhil Goel, Head of Product, Aviation, Uber
Zach Lovering, Vahana Project Executive, A^3/Airbus
Vijay Reddy, investment director, Intel Capital
Moderator: Matthew Quinlan, Geospatial Platforms Practice Lead, Accenture
Additional speaker to be named.