On June 17th, local pilot leader Robodrone hosted AURORA’s first citizen workshop in Brno, Czech Republic. 14 people attended this 3-hour workshop and actively participated in the discussions around drones in their region. Below we highlight some key takeaways:
- Participants generally accepted that traffic will move to the airspace, however, they believed that autonomous ground vehicles may prevail;
- Participants expected that ground transport will always be cheaper than air transport. For this reason, they ruled out use-cases related to general purpose logistics and preferred emergency-related use-cases like rescue and blood transfer;
- Participants noted noise, vehicle security and IT security as key concerns;
- Participants also remarked that if UAM is successful, there will be capacity planning issues. Similarly, autonomous systems must be reliable and safe.
This workshop was part of AURORA’s public acceptance activities and will be used as input for future project development. Stay tuned for the results of our upcoming citizen workshops in our Spain and Italy pilots!