Seville to run urban air mobility pilot

Seville Spain

EHang will work with the Seville government to develop the programme which will include passenger transportation, air logistics and command-and-control platforms in the city.

Autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology company EHang Holdings has entered into a cooperation agreement with the city government of Seville, Spain, to run an urban air mobility (UAM) pilot programme.

EHang will work with the Seville government to develop the programme which will include passenger transportation, air logistics and command-and-control platforms in the city.

Coordinated test flights

The city will also collaborate on applications for permission to conduct test flights, in accordance with Spanish and European legislation, and will coordinate with EHang in the planning of flight routes.

“Establishing the partnership with EHang, one of the world’s leading UAM enterprises, is a great opportunity for Seville,” said Seville mayor Juan Espadas Cejas. “Our city has a rich legacy in European aviation, which we believe can promote EHang’s AAV tests, operations, and permitting applications both in Spain and Europe.

“We look forward to EHang’s first flight in Seville and hope our cooperation will facilitate the commercialisation of its UAM ecosystem in Europe.”

Hu Huazhi, the founder, chairman and CEO of EHang, said that with Seville having many old, narrow paths in the old town, which are inaccessible to automobiles, it believes AAV can be a great solution for the city to relieve traffic congestion and better preserve historic sectors.

“Furthermore, as a popular tourist city, we hope to open up flying routes for sightseeing so that visitors from around the world can experience the spectacular cityscape of Seville by air,” he said.

EHang will perform an aerial light show to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage around the world, which started in Seville.

According to the European Commission’s urban mobility report, over 60 per cent of European citizens live in urban areas of over 10,000 inhabitants, and they are facing with traffic congestion and air pollution. Congestion in the EU costs nearly EUR 100 billion every year, accounting for 1 per cent of the EU’s annual GDP.

As a frontrunner in UAM development in Spain, Seville joined the UAM Initiative Cities Community launched in 2017 by the EU’s EIP-SCC (European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities) project to promote the transformation of urban three-dimensional transportation.

According to EIP-SCC’s report on urban air mobility, UAM could create more than 100,000 jobs for the European Union.

Source: smartcitiesworld.net

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