Episode 117 - Opening Up the Sky with Urban Air Mobility

Picture this: On-demand ridesharing services that take you above the traffic. Archer Aviation is making this vision a reality by unlocking a whole new dimension in transportation.

Archer Aviation designs and develops electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircrafts for use in Urban Air Mobility (UAM) networks. Their goal is to move people throughout congested cities in a quick, safe, sustainable, and cost-effective manner.

The eVTOL aircraft can take off vertically like a helicopter and fly forward like an airplane, no runway required. A ride in their fully electric, battery-powered aircraft is approximately the same price per passenger mile as an UberX.

Hear from Andrew Cummins, Director of Business Development at Archer, on the future of UAM, the company’s plan for commercial operations, and their early-launch partnerships with the cities of Los Angeles and Miami.

Meet Our Guest

Director of Business Development, Archer Aviation

Andrew Cummins is an accomplished business executive, with over 15 years of experience leading strategic growth, innovation, and corporate venture capital teams in both large corporate and small entrepreneurial environments. He has a track record of achievement in launching new ventures, defining new business strategies, and delivering operational impact, both as a startup co-founder and corporate executive. He has a passion for pushing the boundaries of technology, partnerships, and associated business models to evolve dynamic markets. Andrew currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Archer where he is focused on building and commercializing urban air mobility (UAM) service to connect communities in revolutionary new ways.

Our Host


Innovation Strategist & Co-Founder, Brulte & Company

Grayson Brulte is an autonomous mobility advisor and consultant who provides strategic counsel and political insights to help clients navigate what’s next.

As an SAE strategic partner since 2017, Grayson brings his in-depth industry knowledge to host SAE Tomorrow Today. His unique perspective factors in economics, politics and technology into one-of-kind weekly conversations with innovators changing mobility and its impact on society.

Grayson is a thought-leader who regularly provides insights to publications including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter and Forbes. His written opinions and insights have been featured by organizations including the Consumer Technology Association in presentations to the Federal Trade Commission.

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