Innovative Urban Mobility

A section of Drones (ISSN 2504-446X).

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Novel developments in drone technology design, development, and communications are disrupting urban mobility and the transportation of passengers and goods, and the new paradigm of urban mobility is being forged by drones.

In terms of aerial drones, there are several challenges that must be overcome before complete adoption of the new paradigm, including the design, modeling, and optimization of airspace; the provision of automated services for fight planning, coordination, and flow management; drone navigation and communication; and risk management. Solving these problems could bring promising opportunities to mitigate roadway congestion by adding a new mode of urban mobility. This section also considers the role of terrestrial drones and special mobility situations (such as fully autonomous driving for logistic operations) and their integration to achieve a successful, safe, and sustainable multimodal transportation system.

On the journey to achieving fully automated and integrated autonomous urban drone operations, many questions remain. Therefore, the scope of this section is to publish articles on state-of-the-art, cutting-edge, and/or interdisciplinary research, and future directions for innovative trends in aerial and terrestrial drone urban mobility.


  • Advanced air mobility
  • Air traffic management
  • Airspace operations
  • Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning
  • Autonomous driving
  • Autonomous flight
  • Cooperative use of drones
  • Decision making
  • Emergency landing
  • Emergency logistics
  • Emissions
  • Flight dynamics
  • Flight information management
  • Ground operations
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Internet of Drones (IoD)
  • Legislation and regulations
  • Logistics
  • Noise
  • Operations planning
  • Risk management
  • Security and safety
  • Smart cities
  • Terrestrial drones
  • Traffic flow management
  • Unmanned terrestrial vehicles
  • Unmanned traffic management
  • Urban air mobility

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