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SXSW 2019

Flying Taxis & Ambulance Drones: SciFi 2 Reality

It looks like the skies over metro areas will become a lot more exciting very soon: Whether it’s urban air taxies shuttling you to work and back, or drones flying blood samples between labs and hospitals above struck road traffic. New services are due to revolutionize both our living standards and service sectors. Or will they really? After all, early 20th century drawings already showed urban skies in the 2000s filled with zeppelins, and neighborhoods seamlessly connected by stream train lines. What needs to be done to ensure the urban air mobility sector will really take off, and not remain a day dream? Which laws and regulations still need to be written? What are the pivotal challenges and milestones? And who will be the real game changer: technology or politics?

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  1. Politics and Experts have to work in parallel to ensure that this vision is turned into reality in a safe and acceptable way.
  2. Be visionary but also consider constraints from aerospace regulations to ensure a safe implementation which is acceptable by the public.
  3. Let's try urban air mobility in small scale to convince everybody of the potential it has, and to develop safe and silent technical products.



Roland Gerhards, CEO, ZAL Zentrum fuer Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung GmbH

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry & Enterprise
  • Level: Intermediate
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