University of Southampton


E-Drone is an EPSRC-funded research project carried-out by a consortium of UK universities (University of Southampton, Bournemouth University, UCL and University of Leeds).  The project examined the energy reduction potential of integrated logistics solutions involving Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, commonly known as drones) operating alongside traditional and sustainable last-mile delivery modes (e.g., vans, cargo cycles). The project used a case study approach based around NHS patient diagnostic sample transportation involving simulated and live trials across the Solent region.  Key research areas were:


  • Integration of drones with crewed aircraft in shared airspace.
  • Air and ground risks associated with commercial drone services.
  • Implications of drone flight on the quality of flown medicines.
  • Implications of dangerous goods legislation.
  • Using virtual reality to convey how drones might operate.
  • Using serious games to further debate and understanding about new transport systems.
  • Developing a novel logistics model to investigate mixed-mode logistics systems including drones.