On 29 November 2022, the European Commission adopted the European Drone Strategy 2.0 which aims to set out a vision for the further development of the European drone market. The strategy builds on the EU’s safety framework for operating and settling the technical requirements of drones, which is the world’s most advanced. This new Drone Strategy 2.0 lays out how Europe can pursue large-scale commercial drone operations while offering new opportunities in the sector. Additionally, the European Commission reiterated that projects that are aimed on using drones for medical air deliveries and transporting medical samples between healthcare services are also making good progress. Most importantly, the Commission also emphasised that before pushing ahead with these innovative new technologies, there is a need to ensure that society supports drones. In order to address concerns over noise, safety and privacy, the Strategy therefore calls for national, regional and local municipalities to ensure that drone services are aligned with citizens’ needs. Thus, the AURORA UAM project is proud to support these goals, as we aim to develop and integrate these safety-critical technologies in urban environments and foster their adoption by involving end-users and relevant stakeholders in all phases of its journey.
More information about the European Drone Strategy 2.0 can be found here.