A government-backed aviation scheme designed to further the applications of commercial drones in the UK has taken to the skies following its launch today.
The Flying High Challenge, funded by the Government and run by Nesta in partnership with Innovate UK, is designed to maximise the economic and social benefits of UAVs in UK cities.
By collaborating with selected cities, the Flying High Challenge will support cities to develop plans based on local community needs.
Up to five cities will be supported in the research and development of drone technology which could transform critical services in emergency health services and organ transport, essential infrastructure assessment and repair, and parcel delivery and logistics.
Following the initiative’s launch, cities are now invited to register their interest in being selected to take part in the programme.
According to City A.M., Tris Dyson, executive director of Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, said: “If we are going to have drones in our towns and cities they must be fit for our society.
“By finding uses for the technology – beyond toys for hobbyists or used in conflict – the UK can establish itself as a world leader in drones.
“We need to commit to finding approaches that work at the local level and meet the needs of people without risk to public safety or nuisance.”