The first mobile phones were expensive and could only be afforded by rich companies and millionaires. Within a few short decades they have taken hold across the planet as a state of the art, ubiquitous, personal accessory – enabling billions of people in all communities to communicate in a way they never thought possible. UAV technology could develop to be a similar step change in communication for all.
The dramatic rise in mobile phone technology allowed entire continents to leap-frog the expense of hardwired, land line telephone system and deploy their resources and capital in a more sustainable manner. Urban-Air mobility will provide a parallel improvement in the speed and convenience of communication without the need for the capital expenditure on land based road and rail corridors.
The work small. and Arup present with their Urban-Air Port® concept demonstrates how even the world’s poorest regions, such as in Africa, could benefit from Urban-Air mobility and this simple, affordable and sustainable infrastructure to rapidly bridge disparate and disconnected societies.
The Urban-Air Port® provides a unique, compact solution and allows for multiplicity of use. A commercial drone port allowing transfer of essential cargo and supplies to be distributed in areas of poor transport infrastructure. The world’s smallest airport with no runway, allowing passengers to move across vast landscapes in a more reliable, cost effective and sustainable mode of urban and rural transportation – that may otherwise not be possible.
This work by two members of the British Aviation Group illustrates how British Companies are at the forefront of developing new concepts and applications to capture the opportunities offered by emerging technologies to the benefit of all of us.”
Chair, British Aviation Group
Ricky Sandhu | Founder + Director | small. email@example.com
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