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Unmanned Systems Asia 2019: Urban mobility urged to avert ‘dire’ straits

12th April 2019 - 09:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in Singapore


The successful integration of optionally manned and unmanned systems into urban areas will require sustained collaboration with regulatory bodies in order to prove the safety case and win public acceptance.

Speaking with Shephard, Derek Cheng, head of Asia-Pacific urban air mobility at Airbus, said that for the region, with its rapid urbanisation, the need ‘was dire’ to introduce such technology.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has introduced an Unmanned Systems Programme Office to aid in the integration of such technology into manned airspace.

Cheng expressed the need for ‘regulatory sandboxes’ to assist in the public acceptance

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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