Commuting by Drone: The Future of Human Transport Imagine if you could commute by flying a drone and completely avoid traffic congestion and delays! Exciting, isn’t it? Believe it or not, what you imagine could soon be turned into reality with some companies actively working towards developing the human drone technologies required for individual flight
Commuting by Drone: The Future of Human Transport
Imagine if you could commute by flying a drone and completely avoid traffic congestion and delays! Exciting, isn’t it?
Believe it or not, what you imagine could soon be turned into reality with some companies actively working towards developing the human drone technologies required for individual flight transport. Such an advancement could cut your commuting time while entirely reshaping the way you travel. All you will have to do is strap yourself to the drone and enjoy the view till you reach your destination. Perhaps for the first time in your life, you will be wishing your journey doesn’t end too soon.
Companies Take Aim at Flying Drones for Human Transport
- Google: Google is always at the forefront whenever there is talk of a shiny new technology. The company is already testing its driverless cars and recent merger and acquisition activity clearly suggest its inclination towards development of technologies that can be applied to human transport via drones. Google’s Project Wing is actively working towards creating pilot-less passenger planes and the applications of such a technology will be very far-reaching.
- Moovel: Moovel is working on developing autonomous drone taxis that will be capable of carrying an individual and dropping them at their desired destination. The company is very confident about the future of drone taxis because the founders of the company firmly believe in Moore’s Law, which states that computer chip performance will double every 18 months. If technology enhances at this rate, drone taxis may be just a few years away.
- Sony: Sony has recently entered into a partnership with Tokyo-based company ZMP Inc. to develop drones. ZMP plans to introduce drone taxis by the year 2020 and with Sony’s alliance with the company and entry into the industry, the future of flying a drone for the purpose of commuting seems very promising.
- Terrafugia: Terrafugia is one of the pioneering companies which has actually developed and tested a flying car. The Terrafugia Transition is an aircraft with folding wings, allowing the vehicle to also be driven as a car and parked in a garage. Considering the pace at which the technology is developing, it’s not hard to predict that the company will incorporate an autonomous flying feature in its vehicles in the near future.
Flying a drone for the purpose of human transport does not seem to be that far off if you consider the ambitious goals of some of the world’s largest companies and the influx of investment for development of this technology. However, despite the beautiful image this technology promises, it does not do so without raising some serious concerns regarding the safety of passengers. The biggest concern is the risk of passengers being injured, perhaps fatally, if their drones malfunction, collide with buildings or other obstacles, or are involved in midair collisions. So far, drones have been called ‘unmanned’ aerial vehicles because they do not carry a human pilot – will carrying a passenger change this? Or only if the passenger is also the operator? There is still a huge void to be filled in terms of technology and a robust regulatory framework will need to be developed hand-in-hand with drone development.
I for one think we need to forge ahead to make this technology possible given the tremendous benefits it could provide to society, but what do you think?