College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 19:41:42


Civil Engineering

Honors Course

4300 497-003

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


Traffic demands on the current infrastructure network is becoming more strained as populations migrate and increase, particularly in large cities. Therefore, city officials, transportation and traffic authorities and researchers, and city inhabitants themselves are always striving to find faster and more efficient means of transportation. With the rise of new technologies such as autonomous vehicles and drones, the applications for transportation are endless. Therefore, this paper will describe and explore the operations, and consequently the efficacy, of Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAV), also known as Urban Air Mobility (UAM). The machines, while still hypothetical, are being researched extensively by some of the most powerful and influential scientific and technological organizations today. This paper will not only describe PAVs and their operations, but also their ability to be operational in the complex world of a modern transportation network of a large city. The city chosen for this paper to study is Los Angeles, California. The overall conclusion is that, given a limited scope, PAVs could be very effective in decreasing travel times, traffic congestion, and air pollution, while not overwhelming the existing transportation network and air traffic control systems.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Ping Yi

First Reader

Dr. Ala Abbas

Second Reader

Dr. William Schnieder

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ping Yi



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