[2018 The 19th World Knowledge Forum] Eric Allison - Views of Uber and NASA on Air Mobility Revolution file -








[Views of Uber and NASA on Air Mobility Revolution]
We are living in a very exciting time. The digital transformation has accelerated advances across all industry sectors.
And for the first time in the history of humankind, we now know how to combine disparate technologies from across all these industries to create new technologies – including a completely new air transportation system that is on demand and affordable.
Technologies are coming together to develop a breed of flying vehicles that could transport us in, around, and across cities.
Being stuck in traffic costed the average U.S. driver $1,400 in 2016 and nearly $300 billion for all drivers nationwide.
The increased release of greenhouse gasses are a big problem for our environment.
And, the negative effects of traffic are only going to get worse because, according to the UN study, the 70% of global population will live in large cities by 2050.
Urban air mobility presents a real opportunity. Most of the vehicles being developed for urban air mobility are all-electric with vertical take-off and landing capability, which would enable operations in populated areas with low noise and much reduced environment impact.
Combined with innovative ride sharing capability, emerging urban air mobility has a potential to revolutionize the urban transportation and our lifestyle: personal and on-demand to anywhere anytime!

[Eric Allison - Head of Uber Elevate]
Eric Allison is the Head of Aviation Programs at Uber, leading the Elevate initiative to re-imagine urban transportation through the air. Previously, Eric spent eight years at Zee Aero leading the development of the Cora vehicle, a two-place self-piloted air taxi. He was part of the founding team at Zee, and served as CEO from 2015 to 2018. Throughout this time, Eric has been at the forefront of aerospace research, development, and manufacturing advances in electric propulsion, energy storage, vehicle autonomy, and composite structures. Eric received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, studying under a Stanford Graduate Fellowship. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Ballhaus prize for best Ph.D. Thesis and the grand prize at the Stanford BASES E-Challenge competition, and he currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council Aeronautics Committee. Eric lives with his wife and young daughter in Mountain View, CA and enjoys hiking and re-discovering the area through the eyes of his child.





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