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    Date submitted
  • 07-Aug-2018

Clean-Energy Flying Vehicles

Abstract

Today's generation might be the first to see "flying cars" to take to the skies over America. NASA and companies invested in them, within the private sector, however, has challenges with integrating Urban Air Mobility (UAM) into the nation's existing airspace infrastructure. Utah needs to be included in the dialogue.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) defines UAM as, "a safe and efficient system for air passenger and cargo transportation within an urban area, inclusive of small package delivery and other urban Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) services, which supports a mix of onboard/ground-piloted and increasingly autonomous operations."

However, effective integration of new conceptual releases of UAS

technology for consideration into existing infrastructures (for UAM), aren't keeping pace with the current U.S. government's administration conflicted outlook according to NASA. On its website, they're purporting that several both large and small companies, "are starting to develop the infrastructure to make UAM a reality and they are planning to do this much sooner than you think." The problem here is that regulatory jockeying over the control of airspace by the federal government appears to be impeding the integration of UAM into existing urban environments for competing entities in the skies with access to emerging technology whereas their willingness to expand isn't shared with any sense of urgency by the federal or local governments.

Meanwhile, as NASA does acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead for integrating UAM into our airspace, they've left out the metropolitan/urban areas' component, which touches the ground, so therefore it's the municipal governments having first say over existing infrastructures which are in need of an integration towards and consisting of UAM.

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Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

Utah's urban/city planners and the governments that employ them. Also building architects, civil engineers and the companies or governments that contract them to design their projects.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

The problem here is that regulatory jockeying over the control of airspace by the federal government appears to be impeding the integration of UAM into existing urban environments for competing entities in the skies with access to emerging technology whereas their willingness to expand isn't being shared a similar sense of urgency by the federal government. This proposal seeks to shed light on the fact that many cities (governments or people) aren't aware of UAM, as municipal governments require more education that the future is here with UAM- ready or not. With the funding and support we require, the exciting UAS technology that already exists, consumers won’t have to wait until next generation to use them in everyday scenarios, which stands to reduce Utah’s carbon foot print because electric powered self-piloted autonomous vehicles and remote controlled drones have passed numerous safety inspections, for UAM to become a reality.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Once cities are properly educated about how emerging technology that already exists can revolutionize how we commute to and fro to gain excess to our goods and services (i.e. like the commercial use via drone for a parcel delivery service in Singapore this summer), the more likely other pioneering forms of technology such as self-piloted aircraft (drones) known as “flying cars,” can take to the skies alongside the unmanned /remotely used ones. Imagine the massive amounts of overhaul work it would take to transition from outdated analog power lines that uses standing telephone poles, and burying fiber optic lines, once wireless technology will emerge supreme making it more conducive to operate renewable electric propulsion aircraft rather than using fossil fuels. Thus, existing infrastructures must become scalable to integrate both, until such time gasoline-powered cars may (should) become obsolete.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Experience in coalition building and community organizing at the grassroots level in Salt Lake.