Eve Air Mobility has partnered with the Royal Dutch Aerospace Center (NLR) to gather data that will support inform efforts to improve the community experience of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), where electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOLs) will connect people across cities and suburbs, introducing new types of sights and sounds.

NLR has deep expertise in conducting noise and perception studies and ran along with Eve a study in Orlando and New York City to analyze the perception of potential passengers and residents of these cities. The study considered two scenarios: a busier area with higher background noise and another with lower background noise, the latter closer to residential neighborhoods.

Eve aimed to understand people’s responses to the eVTOL visual and sound footprint by correlating sound level and characteristics with annoyance perception and acceptance. The study used cutting-edge tools to simulate the experience by employing virtual reality and auralization.