Early Understanding of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM): Public Perceptions of Opportunities and Obstacles

Advanced air mobility (AAM) is a broad concept enabling consumers access to on-demand air mobility, cargo and package delivery, healthcare applications, and emergency services through an integrated and connected multimodal transportation network. However, a number of challenges could impact the adoption of AAM, such as concerns about safety and trust in novel aviation technologies (e.g., vertical lift, electrification, and pilotless operations). Early exploratory research on AAM identified a number of potential concerns from the user and non-user perspectives, such as concerns about noise, visual pollution, and safety of electric and automated flight. However, this early exploratory research is limited because of respondents’ lack of direct experience with AAM. To build upon this early work and help overcome these limitations, the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) research team propose conducting immersive pre- and post-small group discussions with (n=40+) employing a real aircraft mock-up. This research will advance early understanding of potential opportunities and obstacles associated (e.g., community impacts such as noise pollution and safety, social equity, and multimodal integration) with AAM.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $106388
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      San Jose State University

      1 Washington Sq
      San Jose, California  United States  95192
    • Project Managers:

      Shaheen, Susan

    • Performing Organizations:

      San Jose State University

      1 Washington Sq
      San Jose, California  United States  95192
    • Principal Investigators:

      Shaheen, Susan

    • Start Date: 20231001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01909499
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Multi-Modal Mobility in Urban, Rural, and Tribal Areas (CMMM)
    • Contract Numbers: CMMM-SJSU-2023-C0011
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Feb 22 2024 4:23PM