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DAVILUS – the first 3D map of Germany
The DaViLuS project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and is part of the German “Action Plan for UAVs and Flight Taxis”.
FlyNex and the map specialist HERE Technologies, together with the Northern Business School, visualized Germany’s airspace for drones in 3D for DaViLuS. The result: a complete 3D map, including air areas, topography and important buildings, is now available to every user free of charge and in full. The 3D map can be viewed at https://davilus.flynex.de/.
DaViLuS stands for data visualization of airspace structure and is a map that visualizes the lower airspace in 3D. This means that hills and mountains, as well as individual buildings, are represented in 3D. As in Map2Fly, the regulations and zones are drawn in, so that the requirements for unmanned flights can be viewed. In total, over 21 million objects have been classified and displayed.
The visualization of the lower airspace structure allows autonomous movements. Due to current applications and legal requirements, drone flights are directly dependent on the earth’s surface conditions. To automate flights, not only hills, mountains, and heights but also buildings and risk areas have to be considered in the planning. This is because the surface conditions on the ground, in conjunction with legal requirements, create new airspaces, which are explicitly associated with requirements for the use of drones. In the future, the drone itself must be able to orient itself in space and recognize spaces, constraints, and obstacles. This can be done either actively or passively.
DaViLuS is a first step towards autonomous flying, in which the drone itself orients and navigates safely in the airspace. Based on the processed geoinformation and data, new services and applications can be developed in the future that does just that.