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Keynote Session 2 — Hani Mahmassani
Title: Operational Strategies for Urban Air Mobility and 4D System Fundamental Diagrams
Speaker: Hani Mahmassani
Abstract: We take urban mobility to the next level by considering shared mobility services offered through automated electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles (“flying taxis”), enabled by new generation of eVTOL aircraft. We present various concepts for service operations at urban/regional levels, along with algorithms adapted for the real-time operation of shared air mobility fleets. We also examine the congestability of urban air space through a microscopic simulation and illustrate the emergence of system fundamental diagram (for properly defined averages taken over four-dimensional space) comparable in shape to urban road traffic networks.