NETHERLANDS:- Market Giants Airbus, Boeing and Uber partner with Amsterdam Drone Week on 26-30 November. The Amsterdam Drone Week is a joint initiative between the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European organization for aviation safety, and RAI Amsterdam. The 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.
“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.”
More than 1500 professionals are expected to attend the event, including key individuals such as Eduardo Dominguez Puerta of Airbus, Steve Nordlund of Boeing, Patrick Ky of EASA, Erik Allison of Uber and Violeta Bulc of the European Commission. “With this initiative, we aim to create a platform on a global scale that will enable the sector as a whole to develop,” Riemens continues. “We aim to connect Europe and give the drone industry wings – literally and figuratively.”