Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Ready for Take-off? Integrating Drones into the Transport System


This report presents policy options for the successful integration of drones into the transport system. How can countries reap the benefits of drone transport while limiting risks? The report examines concerns about the acceptability, efficiency and sustainability of drone transport. The analysis covers passenger and freight drones with different payloads and ranges, and also addresses other drone uses that support the transport sector.

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Policy Insights

  • Establish clear objectives and priorities for the introduction of drone transport by identifying the best first use cases.
  • Design a communication strategy that directly addresses public concerns.
  • Clarify and develop drones’ status within the broader framework of aerospace regulation.
  • Co‑ordinate with the drone industry to inform investment, development, and equitable policy making.
  • Foster the emergence of civil aviation authorities with interdisciplinary competencies and capabilities in order to integrate drones into the transport system.
  • Support the design and implementation of a robust Unmanned Air Traffic Management system.
  • Develop methods for assessing the impact of drones’ full life cycle on the environment.
  • Incorporate drone operations into long-term urban planning strategy using data and predictive models.

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