Acceptance study: positive signal for air taxis
Stuttgart. The two-day event “Vision Smart City – Experience future mobility today” this past September, showcased the first public flight of an air taxi in a European City. The event was organized by Lab1886 as part of a research initiative by the Technical University of Stuttgart, who carried out a field study to examine the social acceptance of air taxis. Now, the promising results are in.
“Our Volocopter air taxis open up a completely new dimension in urban mobility. As Stuttgart has seen today, they fly safely, quietly and are fast approaching the implementation stage. Volocopter air taxis are able to ease traffic congestion in major cities around the world, also here in Germany” stated Florian Reuter at the Event in front of the Mercedes-Benz Museum. What the CEO of Volocopter GmbH has long been convinced of, is now proven science: The results of the field study carried out by the Technical University of Stuttgart display the positive attitude of the public towards the so-called eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft). “In sum, this study shows that there is a generally high level of both, individual acceptance and societal acceptance of air taxis in the public reads the now released whitepaper.
Air taxis: "quieter than expected"
Besides experience, prior knowledge and personal use and acceptance, the questionnaire also covered how urban air taxi services would affect the landscape of cities and the public image: “The results show that from the participant’s perspective, the introduction of Volocopter in Stuttgart would improve most of the covered aspects. A particular positive effect is expected on the overall mobility and the perception of Stuttgart as an innovation hub. Interestingly, participants do not expect any effect of air taxis on the city’s noise pollution and overall safety. Also, regular car drivers expect a significant improvement of the parking situation and traffic congestion”.
Read the full study report here.
Daimler AG is among the investors of Volocopter GmbH. By participating in the start-up, Lab1886 will support the development of innovative mobility products and services and also gain insights into the new mobility segment in the third dimension. In short: the dream of driving becomes the dream of flying.