Among the topics that will be discussed at the European Drone Summit September 18-19, 2019 in Stuttgart, vertical mobility captures the imagination.  Vertical mobility is seen in many ways as a key technology and solutions provider for future urban viability.  For smart cities, it is set to provide a real efficiency boost, say conference organizers.  Adding air taxis to the urban transport mix, for example, is intended to ease the burden on gridlocked streets and bring passengers to their destinations quickly, safely, and without harming the environment.  The first pilot projects have been successful.

“Vertical mobility in cities” will be one of four Master Classes at the 2nd European Drone Summit (EDS) held in Stuttgart on 18 and 19 September as part of INTERGEO, a leading trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management.  On the morning of September 19th, experts from business, industry, finance and politics will discuss their visions of how Urban Air Mobility (UAM) might work.  How far have we actually come in developing the technology, and what challenges exist, particularly in terms of integrating UAM into existing infrastructures?

Panel members include:  Manfred Hader, Roland Berger; Alexander Nase, FEV Consulting; Luis Antonio Sancha Garcia, Volkswagen Airservice; Jan-Hendrik Boelens, Volocopter; Chris Smith, Playfair Capital, Managing Partner; and Renate Presslein-Lehle, head of the municipal planning and building authority in Ingolstadt.

One of the areas this Master Class will focus on is social questions, since creating the necessary infrastructure in smart cities will change how society lives there.  But what effect will “smartness” have on the population?  Will urban living space become even more expensive?  Will plots of land near landing pads lose value, or will connecting an industrial zone help develop the site?  These are important questions to which Renate Presslein-Lehle can provide answers, thanks to her valuable experience as head of the municipal planning and building authority in Ingolstadt, a pilot region for UAM.

Manfred Hader from Roland Berger has researched integrating UAS into the urban environment in innovative major cities such as Dubai.  “Building suitable, reliable vehicles is one side of the coin.  The other is establishing the associated infrastructure, because without it, the aircraft themselves won’t be able to function.  eVTOL landing pads, charging infrastructures and maintenance facilities need to be created as key prerequisites for successful operational business models.  Without them, bottlenecks will arise that could nip the nascent UAM market in the bud and stunt its growth,” says Hader, who heads Roland Berger’s Global Aerospace & Defence Practice.

Tickets available at: https://europeandronesummit.eu/en/register

The early bird discount is available until 18 August 2019.