The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is pleased to present Urban-Air Port and its partners, who all offer cutting edge mobility solutions. They will take you on a journey, both in terms of what a future trip might look like getting from A to B, but also the journey of who they’ve engaged with and how your city could do the same. With the right engagement, what you see today could be the reality for your city in a few years.
Urban-Air Port Ltd is a UK based start-up committed to designing, developing and manufacturing innovative ground infrastructure for future Urban Air Mobility (UAM). Their mission is to remove the largest single constraint to sustainable air mobility, i.e. the lack of infrastructure, and to significantly cut congestion and air pollution from passenger and cargo transport. Their design is an ultra-compact, multi-functional operations hub for manned and unmanned vehicles providing aircraft command & control, charging & refueling and cargo and passenger loading. Further details can be found at: www.urbanairport.co.uk. Urban-Air Port are currently delivering their Air-One programme as part of which they are developing a prototype to demonstrate UAM in Coventry in the UK in late 2021.
This session will present how they solve the integration of this exciting new form of transport into our smart cities of the future, and how they can be combined with our existing transport infrastructure and future zero-emission mobility solutions.
As we look to the future of Urban Air Mobility, we must also look at the way we communicate location. Street addresses were not designed for drones and other forms of urban air mobility. They aren’t accurate enough to specify building entrances, and so are not precise enough for UAV routing. Many parts of the world are not addressed at all, such as remote islands, informal settlements and rural areas. This makes it hard to find places, and causes problems and inefficiencies on a global scale.
That’s why we created what3words. what3words is a new approach to global addressing. We have divided the world into 3 metre squares and given each square a unique combination of three random words. It’s the easiest way to find and share exact locations. For example filled.count.soap marks the exact entrance to what3words’ London headquarters.
Combining the infrastructure of Urban-Air Port with the smart addressing system of what3words will prepare our smart cities for the future, by providing entire country coverage through the implementation of an interconnected zero-emission air-mobility network.