Clrobur’s DROW is an autonomous drone delivery platform that uses UATM technology.

SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 26, 2021 –  CLROBUR‘s DROW, an AI-integrated automatic flight ground control platform (GCP) that uses urban air traffic management (UATM) technology, has opened a new chapter in the field of logistics by delivering a product using an autonomous drone. The company, a member of Born2Global Centre, has been participating in the Born2Global-led effort to create an innovation ecosystem for free economic zones.

CLROBUR presented DROW to the audience during a recent presentation in Yeongwol on the establishment of “drone cities.” The company successfully demonstrated a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight by an autonomous drone by carrying a box of seasoned fried chicken from a drone hub at Saekyung University to a hub in front of a drone test site in Yeongwol. With the technological convergence of drone makers, 3D map suppliers, and telecom firms, the company was also able to complete its urban traffic management (UTM) system, which is required to enable autonomous flights. DROW, which is equipped with a variety of telecommunications protocols, may be used by a variety of drones. Furthermore, in 2022, Yeongwol-gun plans to create a commercial drone delivery service connecting a delivery drone hub with many camping sites across Yeongwol.

Air taxis equipped with drone and telecommunications (5G/4G) technologies will be available in Seoul from 2025, according to the “Korean Urban Air Mobility (K-UAM) Concept of Operations 1.0,” which was unveiled in September 2021 by UAM Team Korea—a public-private consultative body sponsored by the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLIT).

Human pilots will be used in the first phase, which will run from 2025 to 2029, while the second phase, which will run from 2030 to 2034, will include a remote operation encompassing metropolitan centers and a seat in the air taxi allocated for a safety staff member. After 2035, the last phase will include completely autonomous air taxis with nationwide coverage. MOLIT designated ten districts as drone cities, including Yeongwol, Seongnam, Gyeongnam Province, Gwangju, Daegu, Daejeon, Sejong, Ulsan, Jinan, and Seosan, prior to K-UAM commercial operation, and has been carrying out a wide range of drone missions.

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