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How Drone Technology Makes Roadlessness Irrelevant

How Drone Technology Makes Roadlessness Irrelevant

According to Andreas Raptopoulos’ TED talk, No roads? There’s a drone for that, there are 1 billion people worldwide who do not currently have access to roads that are drivable all year round. These families often struggle under the weight of poverty because they are unable to get their goods to market, receive medical care

According to Andreas Raptopoulos’ TED talk, No roads? There’s a drone for that, there are 1 billion people worldwide who do not currently have access to roads that are drivable all year round. These families often struggle under the weight of poverty because they are unable to get their goods to market, receive medical care in a timely fashion, access educational resources, and so on because of their isolation.

Raptopoulos, one of the founders of Matternet which is working on the internet of flying things, examined the ways UAVs in action could overcome roadlessness in developing nations, as well as how drone technologies might positively impact modern societies by skipping freeways and streets altogether:

  • Medical Supplies: A request for emergency medication or equipment by someone living in a remote location could be made with a mobile phone, with a drone delivering the needed treatment within hours.
  • Easing Infrastructure: Roadways even in developed nations like the US are often very expensive to maintain and often congested. With certain drone applications, we could remove cars from the road to ease the impact these sprawling highways and streets have on our culture and the environment.
  • Empowering Commerce: UAVs could allow makers from remote regions to ship their goods to larger economic zones where they are sold, creating a whole new category of teleworking!

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In the Matternet concept, or the transportation of matter, drones could carry 2 kg of matter over 10 kg in 15 minutes at a cost of just 24 cents! Their system would involve drones, landing stations, and routing software in order to manage weather conditions, safety of routes, and landing challenges. It’s a complete package that could have a real positive impact on impoverished and remote regions and perfectly illustrates how our imaginations can really take drone applications to a whole new level. Full video below.

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  • eric
    April 19, 2015, 7:38 pm

    It seems to me that the same application could be used to help people in Alaska, remote areas of the U.S. and Indian reservations where the cost delivering service does not currently justify physically visiting the site. Lots of new opportunities using this technology all around the world.

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