A pilot demonstration for a set of innovative drone and electric van freight trials was completed on the 21st of August, 2022 at Milton Park a science, technology, and business community in Oxfordshire, successfully highlighting that the mobility technologies tested enabled increased efficiency and speed of freight delivery. Quadrant Transport highlights how the trials mark a significant step in the transition towards highly sustainable mobility systems.
A pilot demonstration initiative at Milton park is an initiative planned and overseen by Sridhar Raman at Oxfordshire County Council, and is part of the #HARMONYH2020 project, testing low-carbon transportation as well as the integration of new mobility technologies with existing systems.
The Harmony consortium has planned a total of their pilot demonstrations, taking place in Oxfordshire, Rotterdam and Trikala. Their overall objective is to demonstrate electric automated vehicles (AVs) and drones in real-life conditions integrating them with traditional transport modes to understand the requirements, reactions and barriers and collect real-world data.
Mobility Sustainability Will Be Boosted By Reducing Emissions and Congestion
The initiative, a pilot demonstration at Milton Park was supported by the academic partner, University College London, and organisations from the Harmony consortium such as RUAS, who managed the trial operation by providing and flying the drones, and Airbus through its Unmanned Traffic Management platform (UTM).
“The benefits from this innovative technology are clear to see, particularly from a sustainability point of view, as it could ultimately lead to fewer vehicles spending less time on the roads and a reduction in carbon emissions” – Veronica Reynolds, Sustainability and Community Manager at Milton Park (Oxfordshire)
“Innovative zero-carbon-ready transport is set to make a huge impact, it just needs us to demonstrate how. Hence this trial, which is another example of our close working with our world-leading universities, of which we are extremely proud…¨ – Dr Pete Sudbury Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change Delivery and Environment.