Integrated Airborne Urban Mobility (iLUM) arouses curiosity! - Hamburg authorities inform themselves

On January 18, 2024, a dozen representatives from the Senate Chancellery (SK) and the Authority for Economic Affairs and Innovation (BWI) of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg gathered information in the rooms at the invitation of the Authority for Science, Research, Equality and Districts (BWFGB). from the Institute for Air Transport Systems at the TU Hamburg on the iLUM project. Drones and air taxis in urban areas have been intensively researched as a new form of mobility for several years, and there is also great interest in the topic among the authorities.


The project team, consisting of the participating chair holders from the TU Hamburg, the Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Bundeswehr Hamburg, the Hafen City University, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and the German Aerospace Center, presented the current one Status of the research results of the Hamburg State Research Funding project, which runs until the end of 2024.

The fact that humanities, law and technology deal with a research topic in a multidisciplinary manner makes the project unique in the research landscape and provides new and more differentiated findings due to the multidisciplinarity. Learning to understand each other's ways of thinking and working from completely different disciplines not only increases skills, but also leads to new knowledge.

The results of research into the acceptance of this new form of mobility stimulated as many inquiries as the live demonstration of a networked simulation chain that showed the locations of the universities and modeling of demand, airspace structures and flight paths. The ability of Hamburg universities and the DLR to network with an IT system in this iLUM project in such a way that they can simultaneously calculate or simulate a problem at different locations in a computing network aroused great interest.


The representatives of the authorities were extremely satisfied and impressed by the lively presentation, the results and the collaboration, and so it was not surprising that long after the event had ended, some were still talking shop in intensive individual discussions with the project partners and looking for new research tasks held. As an incubator, the iLUM project has already led to a whole series of further research work by partners in the field.