Dronamics, the world’s first cargo drone airline with a license to operate in Europe, announced today that it is part of the select group of companies launching the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, a strategic initiative to advise the EU’s leadership in global transport innovation.
Dronamics joins forces with 15 of Europe’s most influential private mobility companies – unicorns and startups, to launch the EU Future Mobility Taskforce announced following a meeting with the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean. The Taskforce aims to address key challenges faced by innovators in the mobility sector, with the view of advancing the strategic objectives of the EU and Europe’s competitiveness in advanced mobility.
Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean welcomed the initiative, stating “Today marked the launch of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, where 16 CEOs and Founders from Europe’s top private mobility unicorns and startups joined forces. In a dynamic meeting, we delved into the needs of our transport innovators and explored ground-breaking initiatives like Drone Strategy 2.0 and future Hyperloop regulatory frameworks. The European Union is boosting financial support for transportation innovators and startups through Horizon Europe cluster 5 and EIT Urban Mobility. The European Innovation Council, with a EUR 10 billion budget, is calling on transport entrepreneurs to apply.”
Initiated by Bolt and Cabify, the Taskforce unites EU mobility unicorns across cargo, air mobility, shared mobility, EV charging, maglev and rail, in the field of transport innovation and deep-tech. Companies united in the taskforce share the common goal to introduce new solutions to meet increased consumer demand, and to make mobility more sustainable, affordable and connected. Common challenges include outdated and fragmented regulation, lack of enforcement, market entry barriers, access to finance, and data accessibility. While Europe has pioneered significant mobility advancements notably thanks to a competitive environment in a Single Transport Market, it now faces the crucial challenge of fully leveraging next gen solutions alongside existing ones, and scaling these innovations on the global stage.
“As Europe’s cargo drone airline, we are delighted to be part of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, working with fellow mobility innovators and unicorns. Middle-mile deliveries by cargo drones have a significant potential for the European as well as the global economy at large, enabling faster, cheaper and green goods mobility, key to advancing the European Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy,” says Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO.
The primary goal of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce is to inform and provide guidance to EU policymakers for the next legislative mandate. The Taskforce’s first input will be a comprehensive report that encapsulates the collective insights and recommendations of its members, which will be presented to Commissioner Vălean in the Spring of 2024. This is a significant step towards shaping a future where European innovation in mobility is not only sustained but also accelerated, ensuring Europe’s continued leadership in global transport innovation.
The founding companies behind this initiative are (alphabetically): Aura Aero, Bolt, Cabify, Carto, Dronamics, EVBOX, EV Connect, Fastned, Flix, Lilium, MaasGlobal, Nevomo, Otiv, Volocopter, Voi, Virta.