Mode choice behavior analysis of air transport on the introduction of remotely piloted passenger aircraft

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Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) are expected to be applied to passenger aircraft; however there is a lack of research which analyzes choice behavior for RPA compared to conventionally piloted aircraft (CPA), in terms of socio-demographiccharacteristics. Results show that the fare of RPA should be lowered by a certain amount (i.e., discount factor of RPA) to compete with CPA, and the discount factor should be higher for older, female, and frequent travelers. The results also show that there are still concerns about RPA, and pilot on board is preferred. Previous studies show that the acceptance of RPA is an important factor for the mode choice, but there is a lack of research analyzing choice behavior by socio-demographic characteristics such as gender, age, and air travel frequency, which are shown in this study to affect the acceptance of RPA. This study analyzes air travelers’ mode choice behaviors using an SP survey and a binary logit model. The discount factor of RPA also indicates respondents’ concern, anxiety, and discomfort about RPAs.

The main contribution of this study is to analyze the acceptance of RPA by gender, age, and travel frequency, and to numerically compare the corresponding discount factors of RPA.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Minh Pham