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UML Annual Report 2021

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UML Annual Report 2021

February 2022

Urban Movement Lab’s first annual report showcases the work in our first full calendar year as a staff and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, building on a year of incubation within the Mayor’s office spearheaded by our Founding Board. Over the course of 12 months our organization has grown, and our roster of public and private sector partners has expanded beyond our initial founders to include firms developing technologies at the forefront of urban mobility.

Digitizing the Curb: Curb Inventory Pilot Project

December 2021

Curbside data is critical to facilitate curb management tools like dynamic curb regulations and pricing, which allow for greater mobility and access for people and businesses on our streets. Urban Movement Labs partnered with CurbIQ in the Summer of 2021 to demonstrate the potential of augmented mobile mapping as a quick and scalable curb inventory method in North American cities. Using three Los Angeles neighborhoods and a subset in the neighboring city of Maywood as study areas to test their methodology, CurbIQ gained valuable lessons to refine their collection processes for inventorying curb regulations. Learn more about the lessons learned through this pilot project to to inform a scalable and economic solution for digitizing curb space in cities across North America.

Urban Movement Labs Strategic Plan 2021 – 2023

November 2021

This is the inaugural three-year strategic plan for Urban Movement Labs (UML). Our organization links government, businesses, and community members to modern technology solutions to help solve transportation challenges in Los Angeles. With the support of the City of Los Angeles and the Mayor’s Office, Urban Movement Labs aims to make Los Angeles the model city for safe, sustainable, equitable, and accessible movement of people and goods and replicate these learnings around the world. Learn about our vision, mission, values, and actions to reach our goals.

Shaping Urban Air Mobility in Los Angeles through Community Engagement

August 2021

The Urban Air Mobility Partnership led by Urban Movement Labs (UML) brings together the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, Regional and Federal agencies, and industry leaders to inform policy associated with Urban Air Mobility (UAM) services in Los Angeles. To ensure this process elevates community voices, UML has engaged with trusted community organizations from June through August 2021 to listen and understand concerns and opportunities related to improved mobility for all Angelenos. This first phase of engagement included a series of one-on-one interviews with key stakeholders and organizations and will culminate in a virtual outreach event and collaborative review of the Draft UAM Policy Toolkit prepared by the City of Los Angeles. This document provides a high-level summary of what we have heard to date from community organizations and stakeholders.

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What is Urban Air Mobility?

Recently, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) technology has been compared with flying cars that would fulfill visions of The Jetsons cartoon. While this imagery is fun, it’s important that we remain anchored on the fact that this technology is the future of aviation, regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with safety as the top priority. While UAM offers opportunities to complement and enhance other modes of transportation, we must be clear that this is not “flying cars,” nor is it a new form of the private automobile.

What is the Regulatory Role of a City when it Comes to Urban Air Mobility (UAM)?

Since early 2021, Urban Movement Labs (UML) has been leading the work of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Partnership, a product of a public-private partnership between the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), and private sector partners.  This model of public-private-community partnership is foundational to UML’s mission and serves as an example for cities around the world on how to co-design new parts of cities’ transportation networks. The UAM Partnership has focused on educating and engaging Los Angeles residents and city departments around a new and dynamic transportation technology – electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles. The work conducted under the UAM Partnership sets a precedent for how diverse stakeholders can collaborate on a safe, community-centered approach to integrating aerial mobility technology into existing and new multimodal platforms.

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