As populations grow, traditional traffic infrastructure is pushed to its limits. Mobility is therefore expanding into the third dimension – the airspace. AiRMOUR is a research and innovation project supporting sustainable air mobility in urban contexts via emergency and medical services.
Efficient and ecological transportation in urban areas is becoming increasingly difficult to handle. In the European Union alone, traffic congestions are estimated to cost approximately €100 billion annually.
The EU-funded AiRMOUR project focuses on researching and validating novel concepts and solutions to make urban air mobility safe, secure, quiet and green but also more accessible, affordable and publicly accepted. As the airspace offers the potential to create a faster and cleaner transportation system, new forms of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), such as passenger drones, are getting more attention. Similar to the adaptation process of electric cars, there are challenges to overcome related to for example technology and aviation regulations.
The AiRMOUR project aims to tackle one of the most critical real-life applications of urban air mobility, namely Emergency Medical Services. Within the AiRMOUR project, personal air vehicles for doctors and medical supplies are validated in real-life demonstrations in Stavanger (Norway), Helsinki (Finland), the region of Nord-Hessen (Germany) and in simulations in Luxemburg.
Cities need to start integrating air mobility in their urban planning processes and need better tools for managing this. AiRMOUR drastically advances the understanding of needed near-future actions – not only by urban communities, but also by operators, regulators, academia and businesses in order to build a more sustainable mobile future. The data will be leveraged into practical and real-life tangible tools, ensuring that the impacts are replicated widely.
Towards increased urban air mobility competence
All outputs of the AiRMOUR project are tested by cities and replicators. Main outputs of the project are the following:
- UAM Toolbox for aviation and urban authorities
- UAM Guidebook for cities, operators and other stakeholders
- UAM Training Programme in cooperation with Eurocontrol.
Consequently, the most crucial impact of the project is the increased urban air mobility competence of city and regional staff and their partners in public transport, energy, innovation and funding.
For the partners, AiRMOUR allows hands-on testing of the urban air mobility toolbox as well as take-up of future urban air mobility scenarios. Each European local cluster of aviation and urban actors will be able to set up their own urban air mobility realisation. European policy making and investments will be reinforced with AiRMOUR findings and knowledge.
The AiRMOUR consortium with research institutes, national aviation authorities, UAM operators, regional and local urban authorities, and Emergency Medical Services providers will ensure that the impacts will be replicated widely.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (Coordinator)
City of Stavanger, Norway
EHang Scandinavia AS, Norway
Forum Virium Helsinki Oy, Finland
Hochschule Kempten, Germany
Linköping University, Sweden
LuxMobility S.A.R.L., Luxemburg
NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS, Norway
Regionalmanagement Nordhessen GmbH, Germany
Robots Expert Oy, Finland
Swedish Civil Aviation Administration / Luftfartsverket, Sweden
Swedish Transport Administration / Trafikverket, Sweden
University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
Partners and supporters not requesting EC funding
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA
Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), UAE
Japan UAS Industrial Development Association (JUIDA), Japan
EIT KIC Urban Mobility, EU
European Urban Air Mobility Initiative Cities Community, EU
VDI Association of German Engineers – Technical Committee for Unmanned Aeronautics Systems, Germany
Helsinki University Hospital (HUS), Finland
Health Cluster, Regionalmanagement Nordhessen GmbH, Germany
Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing – State of Hessen, Germany
Regional Council Kassel, Germany
The Federal Police Force (Air Force Fuldatal), Germany
Municipality of Stockholm, Sweden
Ministry of Mobility and Public Works / Department for Mobility and Transport, Luxemburg
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Tel.+358 40 5155808
Forum Virium Helsinki
Tel. +358 40 9031922
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