Eve Air Mobility has completed its urban air traffic management (UATM) prototype, which focusses on concepts and services essential to supporting the introduction and scalability of urban air mobility (UAM) operations.
The UATM prototype was initially tested during Eve’s Chicago Simulation Experience last fall to support the validation of foundational UATM concepts and the integration of UAM into the ecosystem.
The simulation, which used helicopters as a substitute for eVTOLs, performed tests of UATM technology in combination with simulating ground services, infrastructure and equipment requirements, and vehicle and passenger journeys.
The simulation provided essential feedback for Eve to advance the development of its commercial UATM solutions, through which customers will be able to enjoy tailored traffic management services that meet their needs and achieve efficient operations and resource optimizations.
“Advanced air mobility has the potential to unlock significant new transportation options and economic opportunities for society, and Eve recognises that these developments need to be reviewed for unification with the current airspace ecosystem,” said Eve co-CEO Andre Stein.
“UATM technology will provide critical traffic management services and will play a key role in enabling the global UAM market to scale, and has a customer-centric design to address future pain points.”
Eve is engaging with Atech, Embraer’s Air Traffic Control technology and system integrator company, to support the development of the UATM software solution. Eve will leverage Atech’s experience in developing aviation-grade products from the ATM systems in Brazil.
Eve is leveraging partnerships with key organisations including Halo Aviation, Blade India, Skyway, Bluenest, Volatus and Ferrovial, having conducted advisory groups with these partners to ensure that its software development aligns with their needs and will maximise the potential value of UATM to their operations.
The company is also continuing to collaborate with regulators, air navigation service providers, fleet operators, vertiport developers, airports and other UAM ecosystems stakeholders across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific to advance concepts and begin developing technology to support the initial operation and scaling of UAM operations.
In March, Ferrovial Vertiports and Eve Air Mobility agreed to partner to develop safe and reliable operation of vertiports and eVTOLs.