Five pioneering cities have been chosen to participate in the Flying High Challenge to design how drone technology could operate in complex city environments to address local needs. This announcement follows an open call launched in November 2017 by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre as part of the Flying High Challenge, developed in partnership with Innovate UK.

Bradford, London, Preston, Southampton and the West Midlands will now work with the Flying High team over the next five months to look at how drones could be used in their communities.

One of the chosen cities, Southampton, one of the UK’s major port cities is specifically interested in drone uses around port safety, blue light services and offshore logistics. The City Council is working in collaboration with the University of Southampton, which has very strong drone and autonomous systems expertise as the leader of a large consortium project called CASCADE looking at implementation of drones in civil airspace as well as participating in the EPSRC Future Cities project from a drone perspective and  our own Airstart project with the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).

Further information can be be found here.