Flying Forward to start autonomous drone operation trials at Eindhoven HTCE

European Union funded urban air mobility research programme Flying Forward 2020 (FF2020) has announced it will initiate autonomous drone demonstrations on High Tech Campus Eindhoven (HTCE). FF2020 has been developing solutions that will be tested in five living labs, starting in Eindhoven and continued in Milan, Zaragoza, Tartu and Oulu – enabling an open dialogue with stakeholders, end-users and citizens to improve upon processes, results and impact.

According to a press statement:

“Demonstrations on High Tech Campus Eindhoven will run from the end of March until September of this year. A campus-based ecosystem of over 250 high-tech companies, HTCE is one of twelve FF2020 consortium partners and is considered by many to be the smartest square kilometre in Europe. ….Five use cases will be tested on campus. The first one focuses on security, for which drones will be used to conduct surveillance of the premises to assist security personnel. The second use case involves building monitoring by drones, which will scan and inspect buildings to assess their condition. The other three use cases relate to last-mile delivery of goods such as meals, packages and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to the rural part of campus.”

According to Ted van Hoof, Urban Air Mobility Project Manager at High Tech Campus Eindhoven: HTCE is the first living lab in this research and innovation project to perform tests and demonstrations. It is also one of the first sites in Europe that is experimenting with Urban Air Mobility and experiencing multiple drones flying autonomously to perform specific tasks. At this point, any knowledge we gain from these tests will contribute to making a step forward that will benefit others in this field as well. I hope that the use cases on campus will help improve UAM solutions so that European citizens can see drones flying above them safely and the added value of these advancements to their everyday lives within the next decade or so.”

In June 2022, FF2020 will hold an event in the city of Eindhoven to showcase the results achieved by their first living lab. Members of the project will present the innovative solutions being developed within the consortium, and networking opportunities will be provided to a delegation of the Dutch Urban Air Mobility ecosystem and press. Ultimately, it will be a day to celebrate a vital project milestone made possible by the project partners, including High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

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