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The Chinese eVTOL developer EHang will play a significant role in two European projects that aim to demonstrate the application of urban air mobility (UAM) to emergency medical services.
The company’s Norwegian branch, EHang Scandinavia AS, has been named as a partner in AiRMOUR, a European Union (EU)-funded research and innovation project focused on advancing UAM. AiRMOUR plans to validate the use of personal air vehicles for doctors and medical supplies through simulations in Luxembourg and real-life demonstrations in Stavanger, Norway; Helsinki, Finland; and the region of Nord-Hessen, Germany. The results will inform development of a UAM “toolbox” for aviation and urban authorities, a guidebook for cities and other stakeholders, and a training program in cooperation with Eurocontrol.
EHang already has an operational permit from Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority for long-term flight testing of its two-passenger EH216 autonomous aerial vehicle. (The company has received similar approvals in Austria and Canada.)
Meanwhile, EHang is also taking part in the EU-supported SAFIR-Med project, which stands for “Safe and Flexible Integration of Advanced U-Space Services for Medical Air Mobility.” SAFIR-Med aims to show how drones can contribute to the EU healthcare system, and is planning demonstrations within two years in collaboration with hospitals and other healthcare actors in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.