UK innovation agency Nesta has launched its Flying High Challenge initiative and will be partnering with up to five cities to help shape the future of drones. The project will be run together with Innovate UK and bring together city leaders, regulators, public services and businesses to explore specific applications of drones within metros and hazardous environments.
On the agenda will be areas such as emergency services, buildings maintenance, traffic control, and environmental and pollution monitoring.
Nesta is issuing an open call today and is looking for a range of cities – different sizes, geographies and visions for the future – to work through complex drone issues. The participating metros will set challenges for drone companies and offer opportunities to test out their technologies, first in controlled settings and later in real urban environments.
The initiative will be supported by the Civil Aviation Authority, air traffic control firms Nats, Cranfield University and the government’s Transport and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy departments.
Mercedes-Benz announced last week that it was planning to roll out more hybrid drone retails deliveries in the city of Zurich following successful trials.