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En-route to Urban Air Mobility

Today, over 4 billion people, or more than half the world’s population, live in cities. They are at the epicenter of economic activity, with more than 80% of global GDP generated in cities, according to The World Bank.8 Cities are also vibrant communities that provide residents with accessibility to a diversity of cultural and social activities.

The search is on for better, more sustainable transportation technologies and models to improve commute times and accelerate the transport of goods across town. Electric cars, e-scooters, ride-hailing platforms, autonomous shuttles, and high-speed trains will be part of our multi-modal transportation network. And to keep pace with the growth of cities, there is another “three-dimensional” mode of travel that is just now moving from the drawing board to the real world.

Altran has been researching and developing eVTOL technologies for several years that span a number of use cases. The company’s first design was the EVAN VTOL in 2015, equipped with two rotary engines designed to address emergency-response and search-and-rescue applications. The second was ZATA in 2017, which was a decoupled-propulsive eVTOL without movable parts.

Altran’s latest proof-of-concept eVTOL is called Viable and based on a ducted, high-lift, multiple-failure-tolerant architecture designed to transport three passengers. The winged design makes it efficient in cruise flight, with a maximum speed of 250 km/h and a range of 150 km on a single charge. What will make the Viable relevant to the customer is the addition of the digital dimension. This includes 5G ground-to-air communications, digital services that link to the smart-city infrastructure and augmented reality, and digital engineering to test the different flight phases to enhance the safety of the aircraft.

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