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Between the Megalopolis and the Deep Blue Sky: Challenges of Transport with UAVs in Future Smart Cities

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In Proc. of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2019), Montreal, Canada, pp. 1649-1653, 2019.
ISBN 978-1-4503-6309-9.
With the rapid increase of the world’s urban population, the infrastructure of the constantly expanding metropolitan areas is undergoing an immense pressure. To meet the growing demands of sustainable urban environments and improve the quality of life for citizens, municipalities will increasingly rely on novel transport solutions. In particular, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are expected to have a crucial role in the future smart cities. This is explained by their interesting features such as autonomy, flexibility, maneuverability, mobility, adaptive altitude, effortless deployment and small dimensions. However, in these densely populated megalopolises of the future, whose administration is undertaken by several municipals, governmental and civil society actors, and where vivid economic activities involving a multitude of individual stakeholders take place, the use of agents for UAVs is gaining more interest especially in complex application scenarios where coordination and cooperation are necessary. In this paper, a visionary view of the UAVs role in the transport domain of future smart cities is provided and discussed. Additionally, four challenging research directions are highlighted including problems related to autonomy, explainability, security and validation & verification of the UAVs behavior.
MAS, UAV, Smart city
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