The WinDroVe network, launched in 2017 to promote the economic use of drones in the metropolitan region, has entered the second round. This comes as Hamburg expands funding for the development of urban air traffic and civilian applications for drones. During the first round, framework conditions for the commercial use of so-called unmanned aerial systems (UAS) were designed and analysed. Funds have now been set aside to focus on developing possible application scenarios. The City of Hamburg, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the ZAL Centre for Applied Aeronautical Research will provide almost EUR 850,000 by 2022. Hamburg has been one of five German EU model regions for drones since 2018.
Urban air mobility – new economic sector
The programme is part of the Hamburg Aviation cluster and was initiated by ZAL last year. Michael Westhagemann, Hamburg’s Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, said: “As a city state with short distances and close exchanges between industry, authorities and politics, Hamburg is virtually predestined to participate in the development of an innovative new economic sector such as urban air mobility.” This can only be successful, if its advantages ultimately benefit a broad section of the population, not just individual players. He added: “The basic idea behind the WinDroVe network is to find and develop examples of this.”
Goal – possible application scenarios
The network wants to offer all players in the new economic sector – from politics to industry – an opportunity for regular exchange. WindDroVe 2.0 will open up possible application scenarios for urban air traffic. Hamburg is considered one of the largest locations of the civil aviation industry worldwide with more than 40,000 professionals. More than 300 suppliers and diverse technological and scientific institutions contribute to the know-how apart from industry giants like Airbus, and Lufthansa Technik as well as Hamburg Airport,
ITS World Congress to focus on urban air traffic
Urban air mobility has recently been added to the agenda of the ITS World Congress (Intelligent Transport Systems) which Hamburg will host in 2021 in co-operation with the German Ministry of Transport. Around 15,000 trade visitors are expected at the congress. The city is positioning itself as a model of intelligent transport and logistics solutions in the run-up to ITS.
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