Enabling Urban Air Mobility

Removing obstacles, understanding needs and conditions and conducting testing in a real city

 

Stockholm UAM Lab is a testing space run by Urban ICT Arena in Kista Science City together with our partners, with the goal of enabling safe Urban Air Mobility through infrastructural development, framework and legislation.

drones Purpose_1

Collecting data

A drone could collect data about how a building is leaking heat or cold, the condition of the road surface or signs or collect traffic data. Data could make our cities smarter.

drones Purpose_2

Transport

It would be truly amazing to be able to send a heart starter to a citizen in need or to transport blood or organs between hospitals. Drones could save lives.

drones Purpose_3

Services

What if drones could light up a dark city area, or perhaps even be 3D street lights? Maybe they could show the way or lift something heavy in a very narrow environment?

Setting up a testing site for drones in an urban environment is challenging. These challenges, specific for urban environments, are in crucial need of solutions and regulations.

In order to provide solutions to these challenges, we need to start with asking the questions. 

City Challenge_1

People

The city is full of people. This is our prime challenge. We need to make sure that the integrity is protected, minimize the risks and reduce noise pollution.

CITY Challenge_6

Rules and Regulations

The framework for operating drones within a city is complex – both on a local, national and EU level. For example – who is responsible in case of a malfunctioning drone? What if someone flies an unauthorized drone in the area?

CITY Challenge_2

Air space

The city air space need to be mapped, controlled and divided into layers and perhaps corridors. In a not too distant future we also aim for a fully automatized drone system with slots.

City Challenge_3

Buildings

A big challenge in future cities is how to handle tall buildings and landmarks. Also we need to understand how facades are affecting noise and investigate if sound protection could/should be used.

City Challenge_4

Route

What would be the best route in a city? Well maybe that depends. Sometimes point to point is necessary to save time. Sometimes the street grid is best, or perhaps to fly over rooftops. We need to test and understand what, when, how and why.

CITY Challenge_5

Radio Interference

In a city the radio interference is immense. Mobile networks, WiFi, NB IoT – all everywhere, at all times. What needs to be investigated, tested and done within these areas to safely use drone services in a city?

City Challenge_1

People

The city is full of people. This is our prime challenge. We need to make sure that the integrity is protected, minimize the risks and reduce noise pollution.

CITY Challenge_2

Air space

The city air space need to be mapped, controlled and divided into layers and perhaps corridors. In a not too distant future we also aim for a fully automatized drone system with slots.

City Challenge_3

Buildings

A big challenge in future cities is how to handle tall buildings and landmarks. Also we need to understand how facades are affecting noise and investigate if sound protection could/should be used.

City Challenge_4

Route

What would be the best route in a city? Well maybe that depends. Sometimes point to point is necessary to save time. Sometimes the street grid is best, or perhaps to fly over rooftops. We need to test and understand what, when, how and why.

CITY Challenge_5

Radio Interference

In a city the radio interference is immense. Mobile networks, WiFi, NB IoT – all everywhere, at all times. What needs to be investigated, tested and done within these areas to safely use drone services in a city?

CITY Challenge_6

Rules and Regulations

The framework for operating drones within a city is complex – both on a local, national and EU level. For example – who is responsible in case of a malfunctioning drone? What if someone flies an unauthorized drone in the area?