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New EU-funded consortium to research acceptance, safety and sustainability of UAM

  • To identify trends in key areas.
  • To assure broad and comprehensive organisational and policy definition support for authorities, policy makers and urban industry organizations.
  • To accommodate and propagate aviation best practices, standard, recommendations and organizational solutions into city administrative and legislative structures.
  • To become the first and most powerful contributor for climate neutral urban transport in 2050.
  • To provide recommendations for integration of surface modes under the U-Space Air Traffic Management System.

According to a consortium press release:

“The project will provide support and give technical assistance for the implementation of UAM in three overpopulated cities and regions: Górnoslasko-Zaglebiowska Metropolis (GZM – Upper-Silesian region in Poland), Bari (Italy) and the city of Porto (Portugal). From one side, the aim for the near future is to spread and fulfill best practices, standards, recommendations, and organizational solutions for aviation into city administrative and legislative structures responsible for the deployment of vertical transportation. On the other hand, the UAM will be implemented with horizontal dimensions of urban and peri-urban mobility systems, through comprehensive organizational and policy definition support for authorities, policy makers and urban industry.

“The ASSURED – UAM Consortium will operate through the analysis of scenarios for 10 use cases within 5, 10, 15 years’ timeframe and making knowledge base and policy recommendations in eight languages. Hence, there would be immediate benefits of the UAM to the cities and metropolitan areas in Europe, such as aerial observation, transport of medicines and organs between medical facilities by drones, shared service centres, transport of shipments and mail, monitoring rivers, air taxis between airports and major cities or critical points in these European cities.

“Key aspect of the project is the consultation of an Extended Advisory Board (EAB) composed of more than 50 experts that will help in the understanding of needs, perspectives, and priorities about the ASSURED-UAM 10 most promising use cases in order to build a clear framework of technical, environmental, regulatory, social, urban planning and financial issues for their likely future implementation.

“The consortium consists of the following organizations:

  • Coordinator: Łukasiewicz – ILOT– Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation, Poland, lukasiewicz.gov.pl
  • CIRA – Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali, Italy, cira.it
  • CEiiA – Centro de Engenharia e Desenvolvimento, Portugal, ceiia.com
  • ISSNOVA – Institute for Sustainable Society and Innovation, Italy, issnova.eu
  • DTA – Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale scarl, Italy, dtascarl.org
  • GZM – Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia, Poland, metropoliagzm.pl
  • NLR – Nederlands Lucht- en Ruimtevaartcentrum, the Netherlands, nlr.nl

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme under Grant Agreement 101006696.

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