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Exploring Concepts of Operations for On-Demand Passenger Air TransportationIn recent years, a surge of interest in "flying cars" for city commutes has led to rapid development of new technologies to help make them and similar on-demand mobility platforms a reality. To this end, this paper provides analyses of the stakeholders involved, their proposed operational concepts, and the hazards and regulations that must be addressed. Three system architectures emerged from the analyses, ranging from conventional air taxi to revolutionary fully autonomous aircraft operations, each with vehicle safety functions allocated differently between humans and machines. Advancements for enabling technologies such as distributed electric propulsion and artificial intelligence have had major investments and initial experimental success, but may be some years away from being deployed for on-demand passenger air transportation at scale.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Nneji, Victoria Chibuogu
(Duke Univ. Durham, NC, United States)
Stimpson, Alexander
(Duke Univ. Durham, NC, United States)
Cummings, Mary
(Duke Univ. Durham, NC, United States)
Goodrich, Kenneth H.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
July 12, 2017
Publication Date
June 5, 2017
Subject Category
Air Transportation And Safety
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference (AVIATION 2017)(Denver, CO)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 533127.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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