Munich/Ingolstadt | The experts agree: Anyone wanting to plan the future of urban transport needs to find new pathways. The use of airspace, the "3rd dimension", is one of them. Air mobility (e.g.flying vehicles), as a means of transport, may provide a new, effective form of mobility.
With our Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Initiative, the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), aims to bring together cities, citizens, businesses and other stakeholders in order to accelerate practical application studies and their consequent implementation. The initiative is led by Airbus, while institutional partners include Eurocontrol and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). As part of its digitisation strategy, the city council of Ingolstadt unanimously decided back in February that it would be ready to be a pilot city for demonstrating various forms of digital mobility. Together with federal and state governments, industrial and research parties, it has been agreed to participate in the UAM Initiative of the EIP-SCC.
"Ingolstadt is always ready to try out promising technology for improving the quality of its citizens! A pilot scheme for air taxis for passengers, ill people or organ transportation is the perfect fit for us, and increases our profile as a national centre for pioneering digital and autonomous mobility. We are thus once again underlining our claim that we are a leading site for industry, research and development. I wish to emphasize that these air taxis are aimed to enhance public transport network and not to replace it per se; the citizens will be actively engaged in the feasibility studies and all interests of the citizens, regarding safety and prevention of noise, must be observed." Dr. Christian Lösel, Mayor of Ingolstadt
Today, in the presence of Mr Joachim Menze (Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Munich) the Manifesto of Intent has been formally signed in Munich at the Ministry of Economy, by Mr Franz Josef Pschierer (Bavarian Minister of Economy, Energy and Technology), Dr. Marion Kiechle (Bavarian Minister of Science and Art), Gerhard Eck (State Secretary for the Interior and Integration), Josef Zellmeier (State Secretary for Housing, Building and Transport), Dr. Christian Lösel (Mayor of Ingolstadt), Martin Wolf (District Administrator Landkreis Pfaffenhofen), Anton Knapp (District Administrator Landkreis Eichstätt), Roland Weigert (District Administrator Landkreis Neuburg-Schrobenhausen), Dr. Vassilis Agouridas (EIP-SCC UAM Initiative Leader (Airbus), and Mr Munish Khurana (Eurocontrol) among other institutional, industrial and research stakeholders.
Find the press release available in German here.