The rapidly developing technologies for the reorganization of urban mobility are being watched with excitement all over the world. But in addition to modern road users such as drones, many other things are required so that municipal administrations can develop a publicly accepted, generally accessible, and, last but not least, sustainable UAM infrastructure. In the project “Enabling sustainable AiR MObility in URban contexts via emergency and medical services” – AiRMOUR for short – funded with more than 5.6 million euros from the European Horizon 2020 initiative, 13 institutions under the direction of the VTT Technical Research Center are dedicated of Finland the question of how planning and aviation authorities, in particular, must prepare for future challenges in order to create a promising environment for municipal urban air mobility.
One of the five German UAM regions is also represented in the consortium through Regionalmanagement Nordhessen GmbH. We wanted to know from Managing Director Manuel Krieg what they are hoping for from the AiRMOUR project for North Hesse. On the one hand, we hope to gain experience with the highly innovative technology in order to assess the benefits and potential at an early stage and to be able to establish the technology in the region. On the other hand, the acceptance for drone technology should be increased beyond its application in the medical field and business potential for North Hessian companies should be shown. Economic success is always closely linked to innovation. I can only assert myself against the competition if I as a company continue to develop my products or bring new products onto the market. Standing still, on the other hand, will lead to failure in the long term. The same is true for regions as a whole. Only innovative regions will be able to hold their own in a location comparison in the long term. Projects like AiRMOUR reveal new potential and are therefore essential for North Hesse.