Collaboratively RAI Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA, and the municipality of Amsterdam are considering the potential value and efficacy of a drone hub passageway – areas in the city where electric UAVs (unmanned air vehicles) can launch from and land.
After the summer, these facilities will begin discovering the drone technology’s potential for the city and its businesses as well as its inhabitants. Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) areas are being explored as the practicality of the drone hubs are investigated.
What are the plans?
RAI Amsterdam CEO, Paul Riemens, says, “We want to investigate whether it is possible, for example, to organize blood or organ transports through the city with drones. Companies such as Uber, Airbus, and Amazon say they are ready. However, it seems to me that social parties should also investigate what is desirable and feasible. This project is a first step in this direction and we cordially invite other parties to join in.”
CEO of Johan Cruijff ArenA, Henk Markerink, says, “We are both smart venues and we believe in the opportunities and possibilities that urban air mobility can offer. For example, during events, drones could be an extension of support services and contribute to crowd control and safety inspection. So it makes sense that we investigate those possibilities, together with the municipality of Amsterdam, among others.”
Urban air mobility will inevitably be a crucial factor. “It is possible, so it will happen. And then you have to ask yourself, ‘how do you deal with that as a city?'” says CTO of the municipality of Amsterdam, Ger Baron. According to the municipality of Amsterdam, urban air mobility is not a factor of passenger transport, but rather it has more to do with the assets. Baron adds,“Then it concerns things like: How does the charging work? How do you use them as effectively as possible? Do the fire brigade and police both have to have a drone or can they be used in a multifunctional way? Amsterdam will probably be one of the first cities where this is going to play, so I like to be at the front.”