Europe’s drone specialists to converge in RAI Amsterdam

Aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing and passenger transporter Uber have become partners of the first Amsterdam Drone Week, which will take place in RAI Amsterdam from 26 to 30 November. The event will provide a stage for numerous world premieres linked to drones, and will revolve around two main themes: new European regulations and passenger transport by air in large cities, also known as ‘Urban Air Mobility’.
The Amsterdam Drone Week is a joint initiative between the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European organization for aviation safety and RAI Amsterdam. This event will bring together companies and institutes involved in technology, applications and regulations related to drones from 28 European countries. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure will also be a partner. Europe-wide new regulations are expected to be formulated for unmanned aircraft over the coming year. For sectors such as defence, law enforcement, healthcare, logistics and transport, comprehensive rules will be a prerequisite for the actual use of new drone applications – an example is the plans by Uber to use taxi drones for transporting passengers.
Rapid development
“The industry is developing at lightning speed – we won’t have to wait long for drone ambulances or package delivery services”, says Paul Riemens, CEO of RAI Amsterdam and originator of the initiative. “The coming years will make clear what companies and organisations want and are allowed to do with these new technologies. Privacy and safety issues will be particularly important in this regard. A great deal is already possible from a technological point of view, and new regulations will give the drone industry a major boost. Amsterdam Drone Week will facilitate discussions, innovations and connections.”

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