Ready for Take-off? Integrating Drones into the Transport System

This presentation will discuss policy options for the successful integration of drones into the transport system. It will examine concerns about the acceptability, efficiency and sustainability of drone transport. The topics discussed will cover passenger and freight drones with different payloads and ranges, and also addresses other drone uses that support the transport sector.


Question 1: What drives you?
The quest for helping design more sustainable and inclusive transport systems.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To learn more about drone issues that clearly go beyond the ‘typical’ safety and security challenges and ways to resolve them.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Mobility as a Service; Electric mobility; Shared mobility.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Creating more sustainable, less carbon intensive transport systems.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Public acceptance and business models that make the solutions work from a financial point of view.

“Special quote”
The transport sector is lagging behind in the transition to a low carbon economy. Can drones be part of the solution?

Elisabeth Windisch leads the policy analysis team at the International Transport Forum in Paris, where her work focuses on workstreams of ITF’s Decarbonising Transport initiative. She is currently overseeing projects focusing on transport decarbonisation pathways for the European Union, Latin America and emerging economies. Elisabeth joined the International Transport Forum in 2017 and previously worked in the private consulting sector, focusing on transport policy assessments for the European Commission, for national ministries and local authorities.

The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 63 member countries. It acts as a think tank for transport policy and organises the Annual Summit of transport ministers. ITF is the only global body that covers all transport modes. The ITF is administratively integrated with the OECD, yet politically autonomous.

Elisabeth Windisch is a speaker at the 2021 edition of the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference.

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