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The world’s longest drone superhighway network is set to be complete by May 2024 and is currently being tested.
Known as Project Skyway the drone superhighway is set to link towns and cities across the UK, and will allow businesses to develop by commercializing new and innovative drone-based products, processes, and services.
Richard Parker, CEO and Founder of Altitude Angel who’s in charge of the project, said that this is the most ambitious transport project proposed for the country since the advent of the railway network in the 18th century. “Britain is at the forefront of a second transport revolution. Drones can potentially transport goods in a way our ancestors could never have imagined but would have surely understood. Britain can lead the world in these innovative and life-saving technologies. We have the skills and ambition to open our skies to safe and secure drone and air-taxi flights.”
According to Innovation News Network, the drone superhighway network will use detect and avoid technology to unlock the huge potential offered by unmanned aerial vehicles. The technology developed by Altitude Angel will promote the growth of the urban air mobility industry.
There are existing drone corridors, but those restrict access to operators by imposing punitive financial barriers to fly. The drone superhighway, however, will be able to support fully automated flights of any drone company after completing a series of basic technical integrations that do not require specialist hardware onboard the drone.
Parker further explained that the purpose of the skyway is to put very clever sensors on the ground that “stare up into the sky and look for aircraft, as well as other drones.” They then take that information into their control center and process where the aircraft are heading. “We can then pass instructions to the drones to avoid collisions, keeping everything safe. Every element of this is being extensively tested.”
This groundbreaking technological advancement is expected to help remote rural communities deliver medicines and even letters and small parcels further in the future.