Altitude Angel is creating a drone corridor spanning 265 kilometers above British cities as an alternative to traditional transport methods. Project Skyway, which is currently in development, aims to reduce truck traffic on roads by allowing for long-distance drone deliveries. The corridor will cover multiple cities including Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry and Rugby, with the support of a £5 million investment from BT.
The long-term aim of the project is to connect towns and cities and create transport and parcel delivery hubs across the country using a network of drones.
What’s more, the technology will allow different drones – or even manned aircraft – to use the same airspace without the risk of colliding with each other.
Dave Pankhurst, BT Group’s director of drones, said one use could be for transporting goods by air – rather than by road. He estimated the technology could be ready for use within two years, but still needs regulatory approvals.