How might newcomers be drawn to small, rural communities? What features and amenities are people seeking for in a new neighborhood when considering a move? How may local drone delivery services and AAM aid in the process of urbanization?
These are some of the concerns that Georgi Georgiev and his colleagues at Dr. Georgiev Consulting GmbH are attempting to address. Georgi Georgiev is an urban planner with vast knowledge and experience in Foresight assessments on Advanced Air Mobility integration in Europe.
Georgiev’s Bayern, Germany-based company has been working on the REGUAS project in conjunction with doks. innovation GmbH | inventairy and Stadtentwicklung Bebra GmbH since late 2022. The “REGulated regional UAS-based supply concept,” or the use of uncrewed systems to convey multimodal items in rural areas, is the project’s primary focus. The project is specifically searching for ways to enhance the delivery of commodities and advance urbanization initiatives in the North-East Hesse region of Germany’s Magistrat der Stadt Bebra. The interdisciplinary project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transportation and is one of the nation’s few AAM design and integration “lighthouse projects.”
“This is a relatively small town, which is motivated to innovate because they are very much willing to attract more people from much younger age groups,” said Georgiev.
The researchers are examining the present logistical and transportation issues in Bebra and looking for ways to combine drones and AAM to enhance services in an effort to assist Bebra in attracting more residents. They are trying to figure out how to use automated drone transport for greater value-added commodities transports in rural regions without having a detrimental impact on the environment or people’s quality of life, and by aiding in the resurgence of the rural community. Additionally, they are trying to figure out how to make current rural villages more enticing places for people to reside.
Georgiev explained that his team was in charge of multiple domains. “First, we can observe current developments in mobility and transportation there. In order to assess the readiness and expectations of residents and relevant specialists for employing drones to supplement their current logistics systems and innovate the overall logistics system, we are also examining demographic data and responses to surveys.
Georgiev and his associates propose a “holistic approach” in which a regional logistic hub is positioned in the town’s central area to better serve present and future people. He continued, “And the neighborhood logistic centers would be at typical village gathering places where people could come and pick their stuff.” The neighborhood distribution centers would also provide social services to locals, and people would have the chance to visit these hubs and help deliver goods to other locals, particularly the elderly and disabled.
“For instance, a person can proclaim their availability to pick up their own belongings as well as those of other citizens, such as elderly persons, and even to assist with everyday household activities on an hourly basis. They can transport packages by vehicle or bicycle, and we can add drones for more urgent or emergency situations, like delivering medicine, Georgiev said.
There will be live demonstrations of the distribution and transportation system, according to Georgiev. Additionally, the researchers are hard at work on a larger-scale article that will underline the concept’s validity.
The REGUAS project’s success could significantly advance urbanization in tiny, rural towns and show the value of uncrewed systems in enhancing community services. Having a comprehensive understanding of delivery services and transportation is crucial, according to Georgiev. In order to make it possible for the next generation to settle here, we are looking for the finest drone use cases.