LA strives to lead nation in urban air mobility

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The City of Los Angeles, alongside the LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) and the city’s Urban Movement Labs (UML), announced Wednesday the Urban Air Mobility Partnership, an effort to make the city a leader in urban air mobility (UAM).

The initiative will educate and engage residents on urban air vehicles, including through a demonstration vertiport where people can explore a prototype flying car. The one-year partnership will also design a policy toolkit for other governments to use in preparing their skies for the vehicles, and will help Los Angeles map out technological challenges and potential solutions surrounding public airspace and property rights.

On a webinar hosted by the National League of Cities (NLC), LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said the partnership is designed to ensure city planners do not repeat the mistakes of the past when it comes to land-use planning, which have resulted in cars taking prevalence over other modes, increased congestion and inequity.