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Urban Air Mobility ‘must incorporate the needs of disabled citizens’

New White Paper from Aerobility and CIVATAglobal says the industry must be inclusive from the outset



Regulators, local authorities and industry groups will need to incorporate the views and priorities of disabled groups in their early planning phase if the promise - and full market value - of advanced air mobility (AAM) and urban air mobility (UAM) systems are to be fully realised, according to a white paper published today by Aerobility and CIVATAglobal.

“From the outset, UAM/AAM services must be planned with the needs of those who stand to benefit most from its introduction in mind - disabled communities,” said Mike Miller-Smith, CEO of UK-based disabled flying charity, Aerobility.

Urban Air Mobility“People will be able to fly from origin to destination in ways which seem only appropriate to science fiction. Once beyond prototype stage, autonomous air vehicle design will need to develop in ways that enable their use by visually impaired passengers and those requiring wheel-chair access for example, just as has been done and is required on many other urban transport networks. Much to the detriment of those living with disability, we have learnt the hard and expensive way, that this will be much more difficult to achieve if not incorporated early.”

“In December 2020, 14 European cities delivered a manifesto to the European Union calling on local authorities to play a key role in the development of UAM initiatives in Europe,” said Andrew Charlton, Director General of CIVATAglobal.“Our two organisations are now also calling for UAM plans to include representatives of disability groups at the earliest possible stage in the process; we want to get best-practice in accessibility built into the early development and DNA of the industry, so that those with most to gain are not left behind.”

Urban Air Mobility ‘must incorporate the needs of disabled citizens’

If this new transport era is to be fully realised it can only be done on the basis of inclusivity, to ensure the needs of disabled citizens are fully taken into account from the start.

According to the White Paper these are key areas which need to be addressed, urgently:

The White Paper can be accessed here

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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 21st January 2021 | Issue #589



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