There isn’t even a flying full-sized prototype, nor a complete industrial infrastructure. And the regulators have still to define the exact set of rules to approve the vehicle. Yet, Embraer’s Eve Urban Air Mobility is positive that all these crucial elements will be in place in 2026 to start a whole new chapter in aviation. Eve UAM, together with Vertical Aerospace, is in pole position to become the major player in this market. But even with Letters of Intent for 1.825 eVTOL vehicles, Eve still needs to tick a few boxes. Embraer’s Eve aware of public acceptance issues of UAMs.
During the recent Embraer Media Days in Brazil at which AirInsight was present, Eve’s co-CEO André Stein updated the media on the program. But one topic wasn’t mentioned at first: that of public acceptance of the UAM ecosystem. In densely populated megacities like Sao Paulo, Singapore, or London, people might have gotten used to helicopters flying around all day. But it begs the question if electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing vehicles (eVTOLs) will be accepted in countries – like The Netherlands – where public acceptance of flying (by environmentalists) seems to diminish by the month.
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