The drone industry is evolving fast, and with it, the concept of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is emerging as a major disruptor in urban and regional transportation. AAM is poised to revolutionize the way we move around cities and encompasses a range of new vehicles, including electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and drones. These will enable faster and more efficient transport for both people and goods, which is why the market for AAM as a whole (including eVTOLs, drone delivery, vertiports and UTM) is forecast to reach US$20.8 billion by 2035.
The Potential of AAM
AAM promises to transform urban transportation by providing a new class of vehicles that are faster, more efficient, and less polluting than traditional modes of transport. With eVTOL aircraft and drones, commuters could travel across cities in minutes rather than hours, avoiding congested roads and reducing their carbon footprint.
In addition to passenger transport, AAM also has significant potential for goods delivery. As many in the industry know, drones could enable same-day delivery of packages, reducing the need for trucks on the roads and improving supply chain efficiency. Though last-mile delivery may not become widespread any time soon, there is huge potential in cases related to healthcare and emergency response.
So whether it’s the transport of people or goods, AAM could offer a faster, safer, and more efficient alternative to ground-based transport options, including cars and buses.
Key Drivers of AAM Growth
Several factors will continue to drive the growth of AAM, including advances in technology, public opinion, and the need for more efficient and sustainable transport solutions.
Advances in technology are enabling the development of eVTOL aircraft and drones that are faster, more efficient, and safer than traditional aircraft. Electric propulsion systems, autonomous flight technology, and advanced air traffic management systems are all contributing to the growth of AAM.
Public opinion will also play a role in the growth of AAM. The rise of on-demand services such as Uber and Lyft has shown that people are willing to pay for convenience and are open to new modes of transport. But the question remains when and to what extent air mobility will become accessible to a broader public. Nevertheless, people are always looking for faster, more convenient, and more sustainable ways to travel, and AAM provides a solution that meets these needs.
Finally, the need for more efficient and sustainable transport solutions is driving the growth of AAM. As cities become more congested and air pollution levels rise, there is a growing need for cleaner and more efficient modes of transport. AAM provides a way to reduce congestion on the roads and lower carbon emissions, making it an attractive solution for cities around the world.
Challenges and Opportunities
Despite its potential, AAM also faces significant challenges. It is no surprise that one of the main challenges is the need for regulatory frameworks that can accommodate new types of aircraft and ensure their safe operation. In addition, there is a need for new infrastructure, including vertiports, landing pads, and air traffic management systems, to support the growth of AAM.
However, there are also significant opportunities for companies and investors in the AAM market, which is reflected in the exponential increase in drone investments over the past decade. As the market continues to grow, there will be more and more opportunities to develop new technologies, infrastructure, and services that support the growth of AAM. Companies that are able to establish themselves as leaders in the AAM market stand to benefit significantly from this growing industry.
Worth the Wait
Advanced Air Mobility is set to revolutionize the way we move around cities, providing faster, more efficient, and more sustainable modes of transport for both people and goods. Advances in technology, changing consumer preferences, and the need for more efficient and sustainable transport solutions are all driving the growth of AAM. While there are significant challenges to overcome, the potential of air mobility is vast, and it is an industry that is set to grow rapidly in the coming years. So despite the wait, AAM is our gateway into a faster, more efficient, and more sustainable future.