Change is in the Air
Investors in Advanced Mobility
Life is built on movement. Yet, modern mobility systems remain rooted in the past. Humans still operate nearly every vehicle and movement is defined by fixed path infrastructure such as roads or rail. These constraints shape our perception of distance, location and every aspect of our lives, from the homes we buy to the connections we make and the opportunities we seize.
However, change is in the air. Digital systems are learning to operate in the physical world. Electric propulsion, composite materials, autonomy, ubiquitous connectivity, and pervasive software weave digital and physical systems together, enabling an explosion of transformative new mobility.
For mobility via air, technology is redefining flight, allowing us to access vertical space safely, quietly, and simply. Advanced Aerial Mobility is an attractive proving ground for technologies to mature in a structured and orderly environment already proven at leveraging automation. Additionally, these technologies applied to flight also deliver profound disruptive impact. The ability to move independent of roads and terrain represents a transformation for modern society.
The technologies refined in Advanced Aerial Mobility will produce a generalized capability to drive physical world systems and industries with software. Investment in the enabling technologies and systems powering Advanced Aerial Mobility is an investment in something much more fundamental to society and the economy.
We invest ahead of this revolution, capturing the inevitability of technology’s impact on mobility through the lens of aviation.
Our investments cover a range of ventures, from enabling technologies for safe, quiet electric flight to the software and data that tie together new mobility networks and power a more capable, automated, secure and high density mobility system as well as business models that leverage and apply advanced mobility to opportunities in new domains.
A National Strategy for Advanced Aerial Mobility
We co-authored a national strategy for the development and deployment of advanced aerial mobility systems through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
This is a highly dynamic time for aviation, with innovation at a pace not seen since the dawn of the jet age. Deep domain focus is essential to identify the most rewarding opportunities. While much material remains proprietary to stakeholders in the community, we compile publicly available resources here.
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