Pre-study, Urban Drone Testbed
|Coordinator||Kista Science City AB|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 500 000|
|Project duration||November 2018 - June 2019|
|Venture||Test beds for society´s challenges|
Purpose and goal
The prestudy has been conducted between December 2018 and June 2019, which started with a background study on drones. The project group has had representatives at drone conferences where knowledge has been gained and valuable contacts with actors in the drone sector have been established. Necessary stakeholders have been recruited to the project´s steering committee and reference group. Therefore, the project group intends to jointly submit an application with the aim to establish the testbed in Kista. During the project we have changed the name to Stockholm UAM Lab.
Expected results and effects
The prestudy has resulted in that the drone sector is now mobilized and ready to establish a testbed in Kista- Stockholm UAM Lab. An executive committee, steering committee and reference group have been formed with representatives from the academia, authorities and industry. Thus, representatives from the entire drone system are participating. Also, a SME group has been formed, which means that the initiative is well-rooted at several levels in the sector and the project is already internationalized as collaborations have been initiated with actors both in the EU and the US.
Planned approach and implementation
The prestudy has done a vast background study of drone initiatives and testbeds. Also, a SWOT analysis has been carried out as well as first suggestion for the testbed’s business model has been conducted in order to find a long-term profitability in the testbed´s intended activities. A citizen survey has also been carried out in the vicinity to ensure that the citizens´ attitudes towards drones will not be an obstacle for the testbed. Overall, there are good conditions for establishing a testbed in Kista - Stockholm UAM Lab - and the sector is mobilized and ready to make it happen.