Europe may use some excellent news lately – and here’s a piece that may have residents of 1 stunning Spanish metropolis seeking to the longer term. Passenger drone firm Ehang has entered an settlement with town of Seville to carry Europe’s first city air mobility program to Spain.
The town authorities will work with Ehang on permissions to execute a pilot program to move passengers by drone. European cities have been closely concerned in efforts to carry city air mobility to fruition, as cities throughout the continent take care of growing floor site visitors congestion.
The next is an Ehang press launch.
–Indicators Cooperation Settlement with Seville Metropolis Authorities—
–Aerial Mild Present Will Have fun 500th Anniversary of Magellan Voyage–
— Will Promote the Commercialization of Passenger-grade AAV, Air Logistics and Command and Management Platforms—
(Guangzhou, China, March 16, 2020) — EHang Holdings Restricted (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Firm”), the world’s main autonomous aerial car (AAV) expertise platform firm immediately introduced that the corporate entered right into a cooperation settlement with town authorities of Seville, Spain to execute the primary City Air Mobility (UAM) pilot program in Spain.
The settlement specifies that EHang will work with the Seville authorities to develop the city air mobility together with passenger transportation, air logistics and command and management platforms within the metropolis. The town can even collaborate on purposes for permission to conduct take a look at flights, in accordance with Spanish and European laws, and can coordinate with EHang within the planning of flight routes.
Moreover, EHang will carry out an aerial gentle present to rejoice the 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage world wide, which began in Seville. EHang is honored to associate with Seville in celebrating its place within the historical past of exploration, and appears ahead to working with Seville to make actual a brand new part in transportation expertise.
Seville Mayor Juan Espadas Cejas commented, “Establishing the partnership with EHang, one of many world’s main UAM enterprises, is a good alternative for Seville. Our metropolis has a wealthy legacy in European aviation, which we consider can promote EHang’s AAV assessments, operations, and allowing purposes each in Spain and Europe. We sit up for EHang’s first flight in Seville and hope our cooperation will facilitate the commercialization of its UAM ecosystem in Europe.”
“Seville has developed a wealthy tradition over its 2,000 years of historical past, so we’re delighted to collaborate with the Seville authorities to carry new UAM expertise to this historical metropolis. There are lots of previous, slender paths within the previous city of Seville, that are inaccessible to vehicles. We consider our AAV generally is a nice answer for town to alleviate site visitors congestion and higher protect historic sectors. Moreover, as a preferred vacationer metropolis, we hope to open up flying routes for sightseeing in order that guests from world wide can expertise the spectacular cityscape of Seville by air,” stated Mr. Hu Huazhi, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of EHang.
“We’re glad to ascertain strategic partnership with Seville to set instance of UAM metropolis in Europe. Seville is our first UAM pilot metropolis in Spain and we consider our partnership will make it a extra progressive, clever and sustainable metropolis. As a pioneer in historical past, Seville was well-reputed internationally because the place to begin for Columbus’s discovery the brand new world and for Magellan’s voyage world wide for the primary time. Right this moment, Seville units sail once more with EHang and can certainly take a lead in city air mobility improvement of Spain and Europe in foreseeable future.” stated Victoria Jing Xiang CEO of EHang Spain & Latin America.
In accordance with the European Fee’s city mobility report, over 60% of European residents dwell in city areas of over 10,000 inhabitants, and they’re going through with site visitors congestion and air air pollution. Congestion within the EU prices practically EUR 100 billion yearly, accounting for 1% of the EU’s annual GDP.
As a frontrunner in UAM improvement in Spain, Seville joined the UAM Initiative Cities Neighborhood launched in 2017 by the EU’s EIP-SCC (European Innovation Partnership on Sensible Cities and Communities) challenge to advertise the transformation of city three-dimensional transportation.
In recent times, UAM has emerged as an environment friendly and eco-friendly answer for city transport. It not solely gives a handy solution to transport folks and cargo, may additionally create greater than 100,000 jobs for the European Union, in line with EIP-SCC’s report on city air mobility.
As a pioneer and chief within the subject of UAM, EHang is driving the event of a worldwide UAM trade. The Firm will proceed to ascertain extra UAM pilot program cities world wide.
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