Umiles Next, a Spanish manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, recently completed test flights of its Concept Integrity eVTOL air taxi prototype in Jaén, Spain. The flights included testing of the vehicle’s autonomous takeoff, landing and collision avoidance systems.
The test was part of Uspace4UAM, an urban mobility project led by a consortium led by Honeywell International, which aims to integrate manned and unmanned vehicle operations in urban environments across Europe.
During the trial, the Integrity Concept flew with a number of other unmanned aircraft in a demonstration designed to show that unmanned aerial traffic can be “safely and seamlessly integrated into urban areas in near future,” the company said in a statement.
The Concept Integrity aircraft was equipped with technology developed by Umiles Next’s research partner, Technalia, called FlyFree. The test flights took place at the ATLAS Test Flight Center in Villacarrillo, Jaén, where numerous aircraft technologies, including lightweight and tactical remotely piloted systems, were tested. Umiles Next said the flights represent steps towards the regular use of air taxis in cities.
“This is an important step towards the integration of these aircraft into urban airspace, as defined by the European Uspace4UAM project, which aims to test and demonstrate efficient management of urban air traffic with aircraft unmanned,” said Umiles Next.
In addition to Honeywell, companies participating in the Uspace4UAM project include eVTOL maker Vertical Aerospace and air navigation company ENAIRE. Umiles Next said the mobility of the future will be “smarter and more sustainable than ever” as autonomous air taxis help reduce ground transport congestion. The company said the vehicles and systems it is working on “should become true transportation options by 2028.”