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Safran, Uber unveil UAM cabin mockup

13th June 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London

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Safran and Uber have developed an eVTOL cabin for the on-demand urban air mobility (UAM) vehicle market.

Named the Mission Driven Cabin, the cabin mockup is the product of months of development, including passenger experience studies and consultations with multiple vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

The complete, integrated cabin interior is based on common eVTOL specification, designed to be adaptable to the various OEM vehicle designs being developed for the UAM market.

Uber is one such player in that market, seeking to make urban air travel simple, safe and accessible to all. Designed around the mission of turning a typical 90-minute car ride into a 15-minute flight, the future vehicle will allow passengers to quickly travel point-to-point in crowded urban environments.  

Scott Savian, the EVP of design and innovation at Safran Cabin, said: ‘Through the process with Uber, we had six full-scale mockups, with multiple iterations in each one, looking at the seats, liners, and window positioning.

‘We don't want any excess weight or cost, but the mission also requires safety, a comfortable user experience, and a seamlessness of all the user interactions. So, while the cabin may be minimal in some ways, it's absolutely purpose built to the mission.’

 

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