In May 2021, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published the results of a large study on societal acceptance of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in Europe. UAM is a new air transportation system for passengers and cargo in and around urban environments, using electric aircraft taking off and landing vertically, with or without a pilot on board. It is estimated that the first operations may be a reality in three to five years from now. What are the EU citizens’ main expectations and concerns about it? This policy brief analyses the findings of the EASA report in light of the academic literature on societal acceptance of civilian drones.
Bergersen, Stine (2021) Societal Acceptance of Civil Drones in Europe: Insights from Policy and Academic Literature, PRIO Policy Brief, 10. Oslo: PRIO.