White House Supports eVTOL Aircraft, Autonomy in R&D Priorities Memo
Air Taxi, Regulation, Unmanned
By Brian Garrett-Glaser | September 18, 2019
eVTOL research, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
The White House gave a nod to the rapid development of electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) in an executive memo discussing the administration’s research and development budget priorities, sent to executive department and agency heads on August 30, 2019.
The nine-page document provides guidance for research and development priorities in areas ranging from advanced military capabilities and critical infrastructure resilience to “advanced communication networks and autonomy,” the section under which eVTOLs are mentioned, as well as autonomous vehicles and…