How can air space be used now and in future for new mobility and logistics concepts? Whether as air taxis, in delivery services, or as handy tool for data collection – drones become increasingly integrated into the industrial and transport sector.
Drones in transport & logistics
One of the key topics in 2020 is urban air mobility and associated innovations in the field of air travel. The Hypermotion Lab will be featuring a fascinating panel discussion on this theme entitled ‘Drone boom – rise of the high-flyers’. You will find some expert insights on the use of drones and air taxis in the video.Go to the video
Innovative drone technologies
Already in 2019, start-ups showcased innovative drone technologies at Hypermotion, with companies such as Avy, Droniq GmbH and Fast Sense introducing their concepts with presentations and in the exhibition.
Drones are currently subject to various restrictions when used in public airspace, as they cannot be detected by radar and therefore are not recognised by air traffic control systems. That is why Droniq set out to develop an LTE module that can be easily mounted on drones of all kinds, allowing them to be safely integrated into air traffic control systems.
Drones can be used for a wide range of purposes and represent a low-emission alternative to other aircraft for transporting goods. Avy shows why. The start-up has a very special goal in mind for its wing drone: the company aims to use its innovative and sustainable aircraft technology to save lives by making medical deliveries using drones. The wing drone is also suitable for ground surveillance, meaning that it can be used to protect wildlife and nature sites. This makes it easier to monitor areas like national parks, allowing natural catastrophes such as floods and wildfires to be discovered more quickly and helping to mitigate their impact.
Drones are also practical tools for collecting data and stocktaking. Fast Sense Studio, for example, uses drones to monitor logistics processes. Their drones come equipped with navigation software that enables them to easily recognise physical barriers in their environment for safe autonomous flight – a practical and innovative solution for industry 4.0.
Air taxi – tomorrow’s means of transport
The air taxi opens up a new and previously unused dimension of urban public transport that has the potential to become one of tomorrow’s mobility trends. Innovative companies, such as Ehang, Lilium and Volocoptor, have already successfully tested air-taxi prototypes and they are certain this new form of transport has a bright future. Accordingly, experts debate, inter alia, the following questions in a fascinating panel discussion: are air taxis the public transport of the future? How will they revolutionise the way we move around our conurbations? And what must happen so that air taxis can become reality here?Listen to the full panel discussion in our podcast!
‘I firmly believe that the future of aviation will be electric, VTOL and autonomous’
‘Drones are still in their infancy right now. However, we expect to see 400,000 drones in the next two or three years’
‘Today, drones are seen as a serious tool for data collection in the logistics sector’