Los Angeles recently announced the US’ first urban air mobility initiative, titled “the Urban Air Mobility Partnership”, as a product of a public-private partnership between the Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), and Urban Movement Labs (UML).
The initiative aims to educate and engage the city’s residents around a new and dynamic transportation technology — the introduction of low-noise, electric aircraft flying in the city’s local airspace by 2023, according to a statement by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
“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 Garcetti.
“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.”
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 visualize a “vertiport,” a new piece of L.A.’s transportation network where people can go to fly on an urban air mobility aircraft.
The one-year partnership will culminate in a policy toolkit that can be utilized and deployed by cities, counties, and tribal governments across the country.
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.
“Developing a scalable system to support urban air mobility will ‘take a village,’ and Hyundai is proud to work alongside the City of L.A. 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-centered approach to integrating aerial mobility technology into existing and new multimodal platforms.”
The announcement of the Urban Air Mobility 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 prioritize equity of access, connections to transit, purpose-driven data sharing, and local workforce development.
Read more on the 'Principles of the Urban Sky' here.