Skyroads has published its second white paper today (Thursday), which aims to address how to achieve interoperable transport automation leading to autonomy for the development of advanced air mobility.

The German startup is developing, testing and implementing an Automated Airspace Management and Vehicle Guidance System (AAVS). It published its first white paper in 2020 and this new document, entitled ‘A Roadmap for Flight Automation in Advanced Air Mobility – Creating an Automated Airspace Management and Vehicle Guidance System’, also talks about how the systems pursuing that goal add value to advanced air mobility until the required automation has been achieved and is adequately regulated.

Contributors to this white paper are Ralph Schuppenhauer, Lead Ground Systems at Skyroads, and Corvin Huber, CEO and co-founder.

Huber said: “Urban Air Mobility is facing a classic chicken-and-egg-problem. While there are various approaches on how to manage automated flight, there is neither consensus on either rules or standards for even semi-automated flying in metropolitan areas nor is there a market yet.

“This needs to be resolved in close collaboration between regulators, the air vehicle industry and technology providers such as Skyroads who bring the necessary know-how and neutrality to the table. It is clear that air vehicle manufacturers will provide the vehicles to fly, but they will not be able to simultaneously build the roads and systems required to get UAM off the ground with regards to interoperable management quickly and profitably. Mercedes, GM and Toyota build great cars, but they have never built a road.”  

In the ‘Introduction’, Skyroads outlines the fundamental boundary conditions for the development of traffic management. It talks about the human-centric approach that guides general thinking to this day, discusses different pilotage concepts as well as certification requirements and set the scene in which development needs to take place.

The company also looks at those levels in order to define the market phases in which any timely development needs to supply value. It then presents an analysis for international activity with regards to the concept of Simplified Vehicle Operations, as a credible approach towards automation.

An outside analysis concludes in ‘Barriers to Flight Automation’, with an overview of challenges to be solved or sidestepped, in order to advance advanced air mobility. Skyroads will then outline the requirements for a Control and Navigation System and explain the fundamentals of its own design.

And finally, in the chapter ‘Skyroads-enabled path to Flight Automation’ and ‘Benefits’, the startup will show how its AAVS supports visual flight rules and remotely piloted air systems approaches simultaneously. It argues that we create the unique opportunity to speed up development. At the same time, our approach creates credibility and service record for early certification.

Huber adds: “At Skyroads we are at the forefront of creating such an open, automated and interoperable air traffic management and vehicle guidance system. Initial tests at our own testing air space in Memmingen/Tannheim were successful. And we have experienced substantial interest from not only manufacturers, but also cities and regions around the world, resulting in strategic cooperations. ]

“The need for our solutions and systems is here. And I am convinced that we will deliver in time to help launch UAM as a safe and open mode of transportation around the globe.”

Corvin Huber was a recent guest on the eVTOL Insights Podcast and you can listen to the episode by clicking here. To download a copy of the white paper, by clicking here.