The Transport Innovation Team at Transport for West Midlands is working on a project to explore the potential future applications of drones in the region. They are hosting an event on Friday 20 April, (10:00 – 16:00) where they will gather stakeholders to explore the potential (dis)benefits of drones and the limits/ways in which they would like to see them operate in the future.
By way of background; the event aims to capture views on what people do or do not want drones to do in the future. Nesta, the charity running the project nationally, is really keen to capture a wide range of perspectives – from community representatives, to drone companies/end users.
Some further information:
- Run by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, in partnership with Innovate UK, the Flying High Challenge will empower the participating regions to develop drone strategies based on local community needs. From February to June 2018, Nesta will work closely with each area to build visions that will shape the future of drones use and identify the necessary requirements to sustainably realise these visions.
- The West Midlands is one of the five areas involved, joining Bradford, Preston, London and Southampton.
- The aim of the project is not to design a concrete policy for drones – but rather begin the conversation on their potential benefits and what we would or would not like to see them do in the future.
If you are interested in attending this event, or contributing to the consultation, then please contact:
Lucy Gosling at Transport Innovation: E: firstname.lastname@example.org / T: 0121 214 7929