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Air Taxis vs. Taxicabs: A Simulation Study on the Efficiency of UAM

Naser, Fares and Peinecke, Niklas and Schuchardt, Bianca Isabella (2021) Air Taxis vs. Taxicabs: A Simulation Study on the Efficiency of UAM. In: AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021. AIAA Aviation 2021 Forum, 2021-08-02 - 2021-08-06, Virtual. doi: 10.2514/6.2021-3202. ISBN 978-162410610-1.

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Official URL: https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/6.2021-3202


Growing urbanization increasingly leads to negative effects on the overall transportation and personal transport traffic. In particular, traffic congestions with huge delays, especially during rush hours are causing problems. Urban Air Mobility (UAM) solutions aim at utilizing the airspace above the city for personal transport by introducing potentially autonomous, small vertical take-off and landing vehicles to tackle this development. This paper explores the advantages of UAM, or air taxis, compared to ground-based taxicabs in terms of route lengths and travel time. For this, a simulation study was carried out for a European metropolitan area, namely the downtown of Hamburg, Germany. A number of places was identified within the area that would be suitable for carrying UAM hubs, so called vertidromes. The study was realized using DLR’s drone traffic scenario generator, including technology developed for the in-house 4D trajectory planning and deconfliction solution. Scenarios were based on publicly available map data from OpenStreetMap. The scenarios assume that a direct connection between two hubs is demanded in a regular, short interval of time. Both a UAM connection and a ground transport are then scheduled simultaneously, allowing a direct comparison of travel time and distance. Conflict-free routing is considered for the UAM system. A time saving of 50% for the pure travel time as well as a route length saving of up to 16% for the air taxi vs. taxicab connections could be deduced from the simulation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/143476/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Air Taxis vs. Taxicabs: A Simulation Study on the Efficiency of UAM
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Peinecke, NiklasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6683-2323UNSPECIFIED
Schuchardt, Bianca IsabellaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1251-3594UNSPECIFIED
Date:28 July 2021
Journal or Publication Title:AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Urban Air Mobility, UAM, Vertidrome, Vertiport, eVTOL, Air Taxi, Network
Event Title:AIAA Aviation 2021 Forum
Event Location:Virtual
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:2 August 2021
Event End Date:6 August 2021
Organizer:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Air Transport Operations and Impact Assessment
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > Pilot Assistance
Deposited By: Naser, Fares
Deposited On:30 Aug 2021 10:04
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:43

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