Airbus Group, Local Motors Launch Co-Creation Challenge to Rapidly Advance Development of Commercial Drones

The global challenge will yield new ideas and designs for small-scale cargo transport; emphasis put on urgent delivery of life-saving medical supplies

The Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge is a global co-creation challenge to identify the next generation of commercial drone technology. This rendering showcases a cargo drone being used for medical aid. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge is a global co-creation challenge to identify the next generation of commercial drone technology. This rendering showcases a cargo drone being used for medical aid. (Photo: Business Wire)

ERLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Airbus Group and Local Motors have launched a global co-creation challenge to identify the next generation of commercial drone technology. The two companies are inviting amateurs and professionals alike into a joint project that includes a series of co-creation activities, online competitions, open-source projects and hackathons all focused on designing a next-generation commercial drone solution.

The first part of the Airbus Cargo Drone Challenge, which launched today, seeks specifically to identify designs for drone aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and efficient forward flight. The challenge is taking place on Local Motors’ innovative co-creation platform, and the full details and technical specifications of the challenge can be found here.

Part of the inspiration behind this challenge is to identify better ways to transport medical supplies when time is of the essence and a life could be hanging in the balance. Imagine a doctor deep in the jungle having the ability to order urgently needed drugs from a hospital 100km away.

“As Local Motors and Airbus Group progress in this challenge, we expect our co-creation community to deliver the kind of amazing ideas that helped us build the world’s first co-created vehicle and 3D-printed car,” said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers. “As we harness the power of the crowd, Airbus will have the ability to iterate on commercial drones faster than ever before. This will be a much-needed shot in the arm for civil drone development.”

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Dr. Hans Mumm