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New AFP guide aims to help businesses create mobility roadmap

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A new guide released by the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) aims to help businesses create a roadmap towards adopting a recognised mobility policy.

“How to Deploy a Mobility Solution Within Your Business” has been created by the organisation’s Future Mobility Steering Committee and is based around a three step process – “Do Your Homework and Get Your Data”, “Internal Engagement” and “The Plan.”

Paul Hollick, chair at the AFP, explained: “Our view is that we are very much in a moment when many fleet managers are beginning to evolve into mobility managers but they don’t yet have a formal strategy in place to support this transition.

“There is added impetus for this at the moment because, as we emerge from the pandemic, interest in mobility has been renewed. It was temporarily on hold because many mobility solutions rely on shared assets but that moment is now passing.

“The message we want to get across with this guide is that the move to mobility should not be a daunting one. There is a lot of data analysis, employee engagement and internal functional alignment needed, but thereafter it is relatively straightforward.

“The three steps we have outlined will take managers through this process in a simple and effective manner and, for AFP members, there is the option of talking to others who have made the same journey and can offer advice and support.”

The new mobility guide follows up an earlier document from the AFP, “What is Mobility and Mobility Management?” designed to provide a potential framework within which all interested parties can discuss the subject and its impact in its entirety.

Paul said: “The two documents work well together. The first sets out a consensus view of what constitutes mobility management and the second provides a roadmap to adopting a mobility policy. Our Future Mobility Committee is doing really good work in this area.”

The new guide is being distributed to AFP members and is available by e-mailing the AFP administration centre on

Air Taxis to reach 430,000 globally by 2040

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The influx of established aerospace, automotive and technology companies into the urban air mobility (UAM) market, backed by technological advancements and government initiatives, is expected to drive the air taxi market.

According to research from Frost & Sullivan, Air taxi operations are forecast to commence in 2022 in the Middle East and grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 45.9% to reach 430,000 units in operation globally by 2040.

“The United Arab Emirates (UAE), New Zealand, and Singapore are expected to be the first adopters of air taxis, while Brazil and Mexico, too, will be early adopters by leveraging their helicopter taxi expertise,” said Joe Praveen Vijayakumar, Mobility Senior Industry Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Globally, almost 50 cities are considering the feasibility of UAM, and most of the applications are focused on cargo drones, which will eventually open up the market for passenger UAM vehicles.”

Frost & Sullivan’s report, Analysis of Urban Air Mobility and the Evolving Air Taxi Landscape, 2019, studies the current trends in the UAM market and how they are likely to evolve. It assesses the need for these vehicles, vehicle models, application areas, key players for inter- and intra-city taxi services, and presents strategic recommendations.

“Safety, noise levels from propulsion, infrastructure for landing and take-off in urban areas, and favorable regulations will be key focus areas for the commercialization of air taxis,” said Vijayakumar. “Original equipment manufacturers will be looking to especially invest in hybrid fuel systems, lightweight high-strength composite materials, and alternative energy sources such as solar and lightweight high-capacity batteries to achieve fuel efficiency and longer range.”

With the increase in the number of UAM vehicles, there will be a range of growth opportunities for support services such as pilot training, servicing, repairing, and maintenance. Frost & Sullivan says UAM companies can optimally tap the market by:

  • Incorporating multiple fail-safe mechanisms in their vehicles to instill confidence in potential passengers.
  • Collaborating with companies developing innovative next-generation rotors and propellers that can muzzle sound.
  • Establishing the support infrastructure, including landing and take-off stations, passenger waiting lounges, and landing pads, in residential buildings.
  • Developing internal cybersecurity capabilities or acquiring cybersecurity start-ups to safeguard their vehicles.

Analysis of Urban Air Mobility and the Evolving Air Taxi Landscape, 2019 is part of Frost & Sullivan’s global Automotive & Transportation Growth Partnership Service program.

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