Wisk has released its first white paper which looked to determine the opinions of autonomous eVTOL air taxi services, with more than 90 per cent of respondents saying they would likely travel using this method.

The company – which is currently developing its self-flying, all-electric eVTOL aircraft Cora, commissioned Hypothesis Group to conduct the research across the top 30 Designated Market Areas (DMAs) in the USA. This consisted of one-hour virtual in-depth interviews, followed by a two-hour online focus group.

Questions included commuting changes during and post-pandemic, top transportation pain points, appeal and likelihood to use, consumer expectations and use cases.

Additionally, consumers also provided feedback on what a potential customer journey would look like, with Wisk concluding the key factors for consideration to ensure success.

Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk, said: “We are excited to be at the forefront of the autonomous air taxi revolution. The adoption of air taxi services will have profound impacts on our mobility, our communities, and our environment, but understanding consumer sentiment is critical to future planning and ensuring the success of the industry.”

In terms of consumer expectations, the top five for air taxi features and benefits included being safe (68 per cent), clean (57 percent), reliable (57 percent), time-saving (56 percent) and environmentally friendly (54 percent). Outlining personal uses cases, the list included:

Traveling out of town for work: 68 per cent

Traveling around town for work: 60 per cent

Commuting to/from work: 57 per cent

Traveling out of town to meet friends: 54 per cent

Traveling around town to meet friends: 45 per cent

Making personal appointments or obligations: 40 per cent

Running personal errands: 36 per cent

Earlier this week, the company also announced it will begin a transport trial in New Zealand later this year, as part of the government’s broader Airspace Integration Trial Programme (AITP).

The white paper can be downloaded here.