Drones could soon be flying organs to recipients or providing air taxi service. That might be far off, but the University of Cincinnati is conducting an economic study that examines the viability of such tasks.
Students in UC’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Lab, which is a part of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, will help conduct the study. The students will focus on the economic impact of drones on the region’s air mobility and unmanned air traffic control systems.
The drones will perform tasks for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio initiative, which focuses on using advanced methods for mobility.
“This study is one of the first of its kind in the United States and will be watched across the country. Our UC UAV Team is extremely excited to participate in this important work,” said Kelly Cohen, head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.