First urban air mobility pilot to be launched in Spain
Posted: 17 March 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The pilot will be carried out by EHang, a Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company.
EHang Holdings Limited (EHang) has announced that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with the city government of Seville, Spain to execute the first urban air mobility (UAM) pilot programme in the country.
The agreement specifies that EHang will work with the Seville government to develop the UAM, including passenger transportation, air logistics and command and control platforms in the city. The city will also collaborate on applications for permission to conduct test flights, in accordance with Spanish and European legislation, and will coordinate with EHang in the planning of flight routes.
Seville Mayor, Juan Espadas Cejas, commented: “Establishing the partnership with EHang, one of the world’s leading UAM enterprises, is a great opportunity for Seville. Our city has a rich legacy in European aviation, which we believe can promote EHang’s AAV tests, operations, and permitting applications both in Spain and Europe. We look forward to EHang’s first flight in Seville and hope our cooperation will facilitate the commercialisation of its UAM ecosystem in Europe.”
“Seville has developed a rich culture over its 2,000 years of history, so we are delighted to collaborate with the Seville government to bring new UAM technology to this ancient city. There are many old, narrow paths in the old town of Seville, which are inaccessible to automobiles. We believe our AAV can be a great solution for the city to relieve traffic congestion and better preserve historic sectors. Furthermore, as a popular tourist city, we hope to open up flying routes for sightseeing so that visitors from around the world can experience the spectacular cityscape of Seville by air,” said Hu Huazhi, Founder, Chairman and CEO of EHang.
As a frontrunner in UAM development in Spain, Seville joined the UAM Initiative Cities Community launched in 2017 by the EU’s EIP-SCC (European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities) project to promote the transformation of urban three-dimensional transportation.