With eyes on delivery drone deployment, Israeli authorities conduct widescale tests
The skies got crowded as five private firms flew their drones to test the responses of a control room in Haifa, 56km away
She added regulated commercial drone deliveries in Israel were unlikely before 2023, when the testing is due to end and related matters like legislation would have to be addressed.Organisers said helicopters or planes were not a planned part of Wednesday's trial but may be involved in a follow-up in June. Piloted aircraft more commonly seen at low altitudes around Hadera are crop-dusters and paragliders. The drones were told to steer clear of these by at least a 1km (half a mile).
All of the drones were equipped with parachutes, to ensure safe landings should they suffer malfunctions, Lidor added.
"A smart traffic management and air traffic control center that manages and prioritizes a number of drones flying simultaneously in one geographic airspace is a remarkable achievement, setting the stage for the future of mobility applications, a field in which Ayalon Highways is primed to play a leading role. This demonstration is part of a long list of technological and regulatory developments required for the commercial operation of a national low-altitude air traffic network for drones in urban settings," Itamar Ben Meir, CEO of Ayalon Highways, another partner in the test said.