A decade ago, the idea of personal flying vehicles shuttling people around a city seemed like something more fitting for a Hollywood movie, than a means to help address issues like traffic congestion. But with organizations like NASA continuing to drive the development of new ideas in the space, it’s clear that Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is gaining a lot more ground as a potentially viable mode of transportation, as highlighted in a NASA press release.
- NASA kicks off Grand Challenge to help foster new ideas in the Urban Air Mobility space.
- Participating companies and organizations will receive valuable insight on how to get their technology certified.
- The Urban Grand Challenge, which will take place in 2022, will include real-world demonstrations.
NASA has spent the last four years testing various elements of air mobility travel in preparation for the 2022 Urban Challenge. (Image: NASA)
Preparing for the Urban Grand Challenge
NASA has taken another huge step in its ongoing efforts to help drive the future of Urban Air Mobility.
Building on its vast experience and ongoing testing in the area, NASA has announced the launch of its Urban Grand Challenge, focused on helping to transform some of the most innovative air mobility ideas into real solutions.
The initiative, which will culminate with a full-scale demonstration in 2022, is targeted at organizations and companies that have informed NASA that they are close to being ready to test their UAM technology. Each participating group, spanning vehicle designers to the developers of air travel sensor systems, will be required to demonstrate the ongoing development of their technology throughout various phase of the project.
The Urban Grand Challenge will include preliminary testing in late 2020, gearing up for the official challenge in 2022.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Given the huge population boom expected in urban areas, it’s becoming clear that innovative ideas for road travel, alone, won’t help to solve all the transportation challenges cities face. Initiatives like the NASA Urban Grand Challenge can help to provide a clearer vision for consumers and municipalities on how innovative modes of air travel can help to improve urban mobility, as the technology is being scaled up for wider use.