Builders and VCs explore the impact of air mobility on urban planning during TC: Mobility 2022 sessions – TechCrunch
Over the past decade, some of the biggest names in the technology, venture capital, automotive and aerospace industries have invested millions of dollars in the development of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. (eVTOL). And this investment trend shows no signs of slowing down soon.
These investors include Larry Page, co-founder of Google, Martine Rothblatt, founder of United Therapeutics, Cyrus Sigari, co-founder of UP.Partners, and Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Kitty Hawk, as well as companies such as Airbus, American Airlines, Boeing, Honda, etc..
Addressing the impact of advanced air mobility (AAM) – also known as urban air mobility (UAM) – on urban planning and development is an essential step in moving the future of mobility from the road to the air. What role should it play — in existing cities and when designing future urban transport systems? What are the costs and benefits? Will the public accept it and use it widely?
That is why we are delighted to announce that Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk Aero, Cyrus Sigari, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at UP.Partner, and Bonny Simi, Head of Flight Operations and Employees at Joby Aviation, will share their views on the effect of air mobility on urban mobility. planning and development to TC sessions: Mobility 2022 in San Mateo on May 18 and 19.
Gysin – the CEO of Wisk Aero, a leading AAM company that recently received $450 million in Boeing Finance — has more than 30 years of experience in the autonomous vehicle, energy, IoT and enterprise high-tech sectors. During his career, he has been recognized as an innovative leader renowned for transforming startups into global enterprises.
Prior to Wisk, Gysin served as President and CEO of Liquid Robotics, an autonomous ocean robotics company that changed the way the world accesses, collects and monitors ocean data.
Other companies where Gysin has held CEO and EVP roles include Asempra, McData Corporation, Novell/Volera, PGSoft, and Silver Spring Networks. While leading Asempra, Liquid Robotics and PGSoft, Gysin led the growth and subsequent sales of the three Silicon Valley startups.
Aviator, entrepreneur and investor, Cyrus Sigari is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the AAM and eVTOL aviation industries, who Morgan Stanley predicts will become a $9 trillion global market by 2050.
Sigari is co-founder and managing partner of UP.Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in technology companies that support a multidimensional future. In 2021, UP.Partners launched a $230 million venture capital fundwhich includes investments from Alaska Air Group (the parent company of Alaska Air), Cathie Wood and Woven Capital.
Simi is the flight operations and personnel manager for Joby Aviation. Prior to joining the Joby team, she worked at JetBlue where she not only founded and led JetBlue Technology Ventures, but also held several operational and strategic positions within the company, including airports, customer support , flight operations and system operations.
As a pilot, Simi has commanded Boeing, Airbus and Embraer aircraft from United Airlines and JetBlue Airways. She is an Emmy-nominated sports journalist and three-time Olympian in the sport of luge.
Gysin, Sigari and Simi all bring an abundance of knowledge and experience in eVTOL and UAM from various perspectives including builder, investor and pilot.
There is still a long way to go before we see the skies of cities around the world filled with air taxis and unmanned drones ferrying people and cargo through densely populated areas. Don’t miss this important and fascinating discussion on tThe impact of air mobility on urban planning and development.
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