AiRMOUR stakeholder groups will gather together this winter to develop business models for EMS Urban Air Mobility.

One aim of the AiRMOUR project is to provide co-created business models for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Urban Air Mobility. The project will also assess the attractiveness of these business models and compare them to alternatives by considering economic, societal and environmental costs.

AiRMOUR has proceeded with business models by organising first Miro-workshops to sketch the preliminary ideas with the project partners.

“This winter stakeholders, such as test labs, rescue services, industrial companies, hospitals, venture capitalists and city representatives will be engaged to get insights on how to develop business models further”, says Senior Scientist Virpi Oksman from VTT. “The aim is to create an attractive and sustainable operational environment for EMS UAM. The value-creation and the challenges of business applications are discussed with experts from Europe and the US.”

Drones useful in dirty, dangerous or dull circumstances

The US has already some interesting cases of how different state departments have been applying drones in emergency scenes related, for instance, to accidents or natural catastrophes and delivering medicines and medical equipment. Drones can be useful particularly in situations which can be described with the 3D’s: “dirty, dangerous and dull”. There might be something that humans do not want to do, or it is unsafe or unnecessary risky for a human to do.

“The air taxi or eVTOL aircraft are planned to be launched in five to seven years in the US. In the interviews, we will discuss building up the air taxi systems, competence, costs and the public-private co-operation in various locations”, explains Oksman.

Oksman says that the extended business models will take into consideration sustainability aspects and public acceptance of Urban Air Mobility. Do the companies and public organisations see drone flights as environmentally friendly and reducing emissions? How to facilitate these impacts? In addition, public acceptance plays an important role where and when UAM can be used in city spaces.

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