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Enabling Technologies for Personal Air Transport Systems

Objective

Considering the prevailing congestion problems with ground-based transportation and the anticipated growth of traffic in the coming decades, a major challenge is to find solutions that combine the best of ground-based and air-based transportation. The optimal solution would consist in creating a personal air transport system (PATS) that can overcome the problems associated with all of our current methods of transportation.

We propose an integrated approach to enable the first viable PATS based on Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAVs) envisioned for travelling between homes and working places, and for flying at low altitude in urban environments. Such PAVs should be fully or partially autonomous without requiring ground-based air traffic control. Furthermore, they should operate outside controlled airspace while current air traffic remains unchanged, and should later easily be integrated into the next generation of controlled airspace.

The myCopter project aims to pave the way for PAVs to be used by the general public within the context of such a transport system. Our consortium consists of experts on socio-technological evaluation to assess the impact of the envisioned PATS on society, and of partners that can make the technology advancements necessary for a viable PATS. To this end, test models of handling dynamics for potential PAVs will be designed and implemented on unmanned aerial vehicles, motion simulators, and a manned helicopter. In addition, an investigation into the human capability of flying a PAV will be conducted, resulting in a user-centred design of a suitable human-machine interface (HMI). Furthermore, the project will introduce new automation technologies for obstacle avoidance, path planning and formation flying, which also have excellent potential for other aerospace applications. This project is a unique integration of social investigations and technological advancements that are necessary to move public transportation into the third dimension.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/transport planning/air traffic management
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics/autonomous robots/drones
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft/rotorcraft
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/public transport

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2010-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Germany
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 717 147
Administrative Contact
Patrice Wegener (Mr.)

Participants (5)

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 451 734
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Veronica Shaw (Ms.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 811 197
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Rajman (Dr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 486 000
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cornelia Della Casa (Ms.)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 460 112
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Natascha Wallburg (Ms.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 344
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marc Höfinger (Mr.)