Drone-delivery network in Singapore could pave the way for flying taxis

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    2016/11/10

NSFW    PARIS/SINGAPORE — Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is set to trial a drone delivery service which, if successful, could potentially lead to tests of flying taxis for passengers.


The technology to be tested in Singapore next year will see drones being used to deliver parcels, according to an article in FORUM, the Airbus Group corporate magazine. During the trial, drones will navigate a network of delivery and pick-up points across the National University of Singapore campus.


These drones, also known as octocopters because of their eight blades, will fly automated on routes along interconnecting sky corridors throughout the campus. Upon arrival, the drone will unload the parcel automatically, and its recipient will be sent a delivery notification.


Airbus says that if testing shows drones to be safe, this may increase the chances of passenger flight testing being accepted in Singapore.


“If the team is able to demonstrate the safe operation of Skyways over NUS, this could help shape the regulatory framework for unmanned aircraft system operations in Singapore and potentially increase acceptance for passenger flight testing, thus giving a boost to urban air vehicle projects,” an excerpt from the FORUM article explains.


The company has been developing a electric flying vehicle named CityAirbus for several years, with the aim of reducing traffic congestion in cities. Airbus believes that in the future, people will use such vehicles, which could be operated via transport apps such as Uber.
An infographic demonstrating how the drone delivery service will operate across the National University of Singapore campus. AIRBUS GROUP / BEATRIZ SANTACRUZ
An infographic demonstrating how the drone delivery service will operate across the National University of Singapore campus. AIRBUS GROUP / BEATRIZ SANTACRUZ
An illustration of the CityAirbus vehicle. AIRBUS GROUP
An illustration of the CityAirbus vehicle. AIRBUS GROUP
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