Drones in the Transport System: Acceptability and Integration

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A report published by the International Transport Forum. This report presents policy options for the successful integration of drones into the transport system. How can countries reap the benefits of drone transport while limiting risks? The report examines concerns about the acceptability, efficiency and sustainability of drone transport.

The analysis covers passenger and freight drones with different payloads and ranges, and also addresses other drone uses that support the transport sector.

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BOOSTLOG, boosting the impact of EU funded research in the field of freight transport and logistics

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The BOOSTLOG project, commencing in 2021, is a 3 year project funded by the EU through HORIZON 2020, aiming to boost the impact generated from EU funded R&I projects to contribute to EU policy objectives, address societal challenges and increase EU’s competitiveness.

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DRONAMICS Announces International drone delivery network

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The DRONAMICS European Droneport Network is the world’s first cargo droneport network and includes private airports and airport groups operating more than 35 airports in 11 European countries, connecting 300 million people with a low-cost same-day cargo service. DRONAMICS will operate same-day flights within the network using its proprietary DRONAMICS “Black Swan” large cargo drones, each with a capacity of 350 kg and range of up to 2,500 km, reducing time, cost and emissions by up to 80% compared to traditional air cargo.

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European Space Agency launches call for proposal for Smart Supply Chain

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Opportunity for Platform UCA Members.

Supply chains can be complex and often involve the management of a vast range of activities. Automatizing operations, ensuring the safe and secure transport of goods, and adopting environmentally friendly processes are becoming increasingly important in supply chain management, while new technologies like delivery drones, autonomous ground robots, and connected machinery offer exciting new ways for supply chains to be optimised.

Nevertheless, some sectors still face significant challenges: short shipping times demanded by customers put huge pressure on retailers to solve the last mile problem, getting fresh and perishable goods rapidly into stores remains a key target to maximise shelf life and reduce waste, and consumers are demanding transparency about product sources. Natural disasters and political instability can significantly disrupt the sourcing and transportation of goods, while other regions face challenges because they are remote, lack infrastructure, or are missing important data.

The aim of this kick-start opportunity is to investigate new services, which use space assets to enhance supply chain management.

TOPICS OF RELEVANCE

Supply chains are integral to many different sectors and there is huge potential for a variety of different applications. Some relevant topics are listed below, with examples of potential applications.

  • Smart shipping (Development of unmanned ground, airborne or maritime/fluvial cargo delivery in urban and remote areas).
  • Green shipping
  • Safe shipping
  • Humanitarian shipping

The call opens on 15 April 2020 and closes on 27 May 2020.

For more information go to the ESA webpage, or download the leaflet here.

Platform member Wings for Aid wins TIACA’s sustainability award

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Wings for Aid Foundation has won the first edition of the TIACA Sustainability Award, sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems. Winner Wings for Aid Foundation came up with a self-landing cardboard delivery box to bridge the last mile to people in need as a result of humanitarian crises. The winner was announced during the Gala Evening of the TIACA Executive Summit 2019 in Budapest and received a funding of US$15,000.

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