Combined with the public acceptance studies, the model will be a valuable tool for city planners and authorities.

Drones and air taxis can operate from relatively small areas and effectively utilise rooftops or other less frequented populated ground areas. This will introduce new opportunities for, and place new demands on, vertical human movement. A direct consequence is that city and urban environments will see air-traffic in new ways and in areas where presently are no such activities. Hence, the introduction of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) will expose the public to new sources of aircraft noise. This means that the city authorities must re-evaluate established urban design principles, and take into account location of vertiports (landing sites) and where UAM flight corridors are to be established.

The AiRMOUR project develops a UAM noise model and a supporting noise measurement procedure. This novel approach enables simulation of percepted passenger eVTOL noise on the ground.

“The use of simulators to project noise data of UAM vehicles onto virtual environment helps us understand and model how the noise propagates, and furthermore, use this model to measure public acceptance of UAM vehicles”, says Technical Director Gokul Srinivasan from Robots Expert.

“Combined with studies of real-life public acceptance studies for eVTOL noise, this will be a valuable tool for city planners, UAM operators and air-traffic managers to enable flight corridors and routes optimised for minimal noise disturbance for the public”, adds Senior Scientist Stian Andre Solbø from NORCE Norwegian Research Centre.

For further information, please contact:

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre: Stian Andre Solbø, ssol(at)norceresearch.no

Robots Expert Finland Ltd: Gokul Srinivasan, gokul.srinivasan(at)robots.expert