It has been three years this week since Uberannounced its decision to offload its aerial ridesharing project, Uber Elevate, onto Joby Aviation, but the work it did to shape the concept of urban air mobility continues to reverberate. Through its foundationalwhite paper and splashy summits, Elevate built credibility as well as hype for UAM, elements that multiple electric vertical take-off and landing developers were able to parlay into public listings during theSPAC craze of 2021.
Following the acquisition by Joby, two key members of the Elevate team, Mark Moore and Ian Villa, struck off on their own to establish Whisper Aero in Crossville, Tennessee. A new type of propulsion company, Whisper Aero is building electric ducted fans for applications as diverse asdrones and leaf blowers. But the company’s long-term ambition is to see its propulsors incorporated into a nine-seat electric airplane, the Whisper Jet, that will enable low-cost regional air mobility, or RAM.
Now, Whisper Aero has announced a new Tennessee-based initiative, ReConnecTN (pronounced “reconnectin’”) that is a kind of Uber Elevate for RAM. Like Elevate, the multi-party, cross-disciplinary coalition aims to create the necessary ecosystem for a new form of mobility. But it also differs from Elevate in some important ways, notably through the lack of any single dominant player like Uber, which Moore described as an “800-pound gorilla”.
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.