Gannett Fleming's commitment to making our communities cleaner, safer, and smarter, while improving the quality of life and preserving resources made this competition a natural fit for us. Our proven experience delivering practical, efficient solutions to save time and improve accessibility speaks to the core of how Uber plans to revolutionize urban mobility.
We embraced the challenge of transforming a courageous concept into a physical reality. We looked at how Uber's ground-based programs changed our ideas of on-demand mobility. We researched VTOLs, drones, and FAA regulations. Through the power of our in-house subject matter experts, we developed a concept that improves our communities by integrating environmentally friendly concepts, such as renewable energy, sustainable materials, and daylighting, while providing an experience that is intuitive, inviting, and safe.
Our approach centers around our PAW – an optimized configuration for landings, take-offs, drone charging, and passenger comfort. The modularity of the design offers flexibility by allowing a PAW to be replicated as many times as needed for the size of the space and anticipated demand. The design can be adapted to a range of environments and locations. We incorporated proven construction methods and materials that make the PAW and SKYPORT by Gannett Fleming a concept that can be built today.
Can accommodate both high-demand and low-demand areas, enabling the SKYPORT to serve a variety of environments
Is able to be constructed atop or between existing buildings and expanded or contracted to fit space constraints
Includes sound walls with overlapping baffles to let the wind pass through, minimizing noise migration during takeoff and landing
Includes photovoltaic receptors for solar recharging
Batteries to recharge the drones can be supplied from grid power or solar power, reducing environmental impacts
A living wall helps ease the transition from outside to inside space, while introducing the calming effects of a natural resource in a built environment
Offers the ability to change building materials over time, so they can be modified as technology evolves
Separates people movement from plane takeoff and landing, providing safety for passengers and workers