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myCopter Project Day to be held in Braunschweig, Germany in November 2014

Jun 19, 2014 17:59 IST

myCopter Project Day will be held in Braunschweig in Germany on 20 November 2014. This was announced by myCopter coordinator Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff.

myCopter Project conceived in 2007 aims to design Personal Aerial Vehicles and an effective, efficient and user-friendly Personal Aerial Transportation System.

The initial project is almost complete, and the next phase of MyCopter will end on myCopter Project Day.

For the project, six research institutions of Europe have collaborated to study the feasibility of developing small commuter helicopters. The European Union had granted 4.7 million US dollar for the project.

Institutes involved in myCopter Project

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tubingen, Germany: Studying driver feedback technologies that are already showing up in cars.

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom: Working towards making flying as accessible as driving and developing an efficient paradigm to train the average person.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland: Working on ways to automate the operation of the helicopters by conducting testing on drones.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne: Studying how to avoid collisions. Among other things, they are looking at how birds fly in dense flocks.

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis in Karlsruhe, Germany: Involved in surveying Europeans about what they might think about flying cars, to see how they would be accepted.

German Aerospace Center in Braunschweig: Researchers will come together and try out the technologies developed at the various institutions in a real test helicopter.

About myCopter Project

It was proposed in response to a 2007 European Union report called Out of the Box: Ideas About the Future of Air Transport. The report solicited ideas from researchers on radical changes to Europe's existing transportation system, including ideas for a personal air vehicle.

The project was the brainchild of Heinrich H. Bülthoff, director of perception, cognition and action at the Max Planck Institute, Germany.

The myCopter project aims to make specific advances in three major research areas:

  • User-centred Human Machine Interface and Training
  • Automation
  • Socio-technological assessment

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