Four European cities –Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Cranfield in the United Kingdom, Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands– will serve as test sites for the AMU-LED urban drone project, which forms part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and the SESAR (Single European Sky) initiative.

Ineco is a member of the consortium of 16 companies and organisations, led by Everis, that is managing the project, which began in January. Its fellow members include: Airbus, AirHub, Altitude Angel, ANRA Technologies, Boeing Research & Technology-Europe, FADA-CATEC, Cranfield University, EHang, ENAIRE, Gemeente Amsterdam, ITG, Jeppesen, NLR, Space53 and Tecnalia.

Over the next two years, more than 100 hours of flight time will be logged for different types of drones, scenarios and applications, including:  air taxis, cargo transport, delivery of medical equipment and goods, infrastructure inspection, police surveillance and emergency services support. The results will make it possible to evaluate the impact of unmanned vehicles on urban mobility, while providing information that is of great use to regulatory authorities.