One state maps out its drone-enabled future

The Ohio Department of Transportation has released what it calls the nation’s first advanced air mobility (AAM) framework.

An initiative of DriveOhio, the state’s smart mobility hub, the framework aims to nurture the development of Ohio’s drone industry through research on enabling cargo and freight delivery, on-demand transportation between nearby cities and emergency response services.

The framework describes the existing unmanned aircraft ecosystem, Ohio-specific activities, route planning considerations and recommendations for establishing vertiports, officials said in a press statement. It also includes a strategic map for supporting the emerging drone industry in Ohio…

An Uncrewed Traffic Management (UTM) system is being developed by a partnership that includes the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Statewide Planning and Research, the Federal Aviation Administration, DriveOhio/FlyOhio, the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center, Ohio State University and industry participants.