The Arizona legislature passed, and Governor Doug Ducey has signed, Arizona H.B. 2485, which establishes an Urban air mobility study committee. This is the first urban air mobility (UAM) state legislation, according to Hyundai Motor Group’s Urban Air Mobility Division.
The UAM study committee will:
Review current AZ laws that could impact the UAM industry;
Identify potential AZ laws that will create jurisdictional consistency for UAM operations;
Create an outreach campaign to educate the general public and lawmakers about UAM technology and its benefits;
Collaborate with local governments to integrate UAM into transportation plans; and
Submit a report regarding the committee's activities and recommendations to the Governor.
We are proud to have supported this legislation and thank Governor Ducey and sponsor Representative Carroll for championing the UAM industry in Arizona. With the passage of H.B. 2485, Arizona is setting the precedent for how state and local governments can take steps to ensure UAM is thoughtfully integrated into local communities and able to expand clean and accessible mobility options for everyone. We look forward to partnering with federal, state and local governments for the long-term to build public acceptance and ensure UAM meets evolving community needs.—Michael Whitaker, Chief Policy Officer, Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group