The German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is launching a new EUR 11 million assistance program for “innovative aerial mobility.” The program offers support ranging from EUR 100,000 to EUR 3 million for solutions in fields including new urban mobility, connection and supply of rural areas, airspace integration and social dialogue. Applications for support can be filed from now until April 30, 2021.
“We’re giving drone innovation a big push forwards,” said Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. “Local governments, start-ups and researchers have the ideas, and we’ll help them make those ideas a reality. The potential is gigantic. Drones can transport medical equipment and laboratory samples simply, quickly and efficiently. They can assist rescue services, logistics, traffic control, the energy economy and many other areas.
The German UAV market is the world’s fourth largest and is projected to rise from its current EUR 574 million to nearly EUR three billion by 2030. That represents an annual growth rate of 14 percent. Some 4,000 companies and 10,000 employees already work in the sector.