Crown Consulting, along with McKinsey & Company, Ascension Global, and Georgia Tech Aerospace Systems Design Lab, conducted a concurrent study for NASA with the Booz Allen Hamilton Study of the UAM market.
This study focused on three areas:
Holistic assessment of use case profitability by 2030
Review of technology, regulatory, and infrastructure changes likely needed to achieve UAM operations
Overview of potential public acceptance landscape and possible solutions and barriers to widespread UAM adoption
The three use cases included:
Use case 1 – Last Mile Delivery
Rapid delivery of packages (less than 5 lb.) from local distribution hubs to a dedicated receiving vessel. Deliveries are unscheduled and routed as online orders are placed.
Use case 2 – Air Metro
Resembles current public transit options such as subways and buses, with pre-determined routes, regular schedules, and set stops in high traffic areas throughout each city. Vehicles are autonomously operated and can accommodate 2 to 5 passengers at a time, with an average load of 3 passengers per trip.
Use case 3 – Air Taxi
The air taxi use case is a near-ubiquitous (or door-to-door) ridesharing operation that allows consumers toc all vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOLs) to their desired pickup locations and specify drop-off destinations at rooftops throughout a given city. Rides are unscheduled and on demand like ridesharing applications today. Like the air metro case, vehicles are autonomously operated and can accommodate 2 to 5 passengers at a time, with an average load of 1 passenger per trip.