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No roads? There’s a drone for that
« on: 2013-12-12 17:29:02 »
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I'm liking this, just wondering how the evil lot will co-opt it.



No roads? There’s a drone for that

Source: Wordpress
Author: Andreas Raptopoulos
Date: 2013.11.21


Title and Link:  No roads? There’s a drone for that (June 2013 – Edinburgh, Scotland)

Presenter: Andreas Raptopoulos is the co-founder and CEO of Matternet, a company with the goal of creating a new paradigm related to transportation using unmanned aerial vehicles.

Key Points – This talk discusses one of the new emerging ideas related to drone technology.  Instead of their normal use for warfare (as most people believe), these drones are instead used to access remote communities.  They can help deliver vital supplies to villages which are not connected to reliable roadways year-round.


    Over a billion people in the world today don’t have access to all-season roads (totally cut-off from the rest of the world)
        They can’t get medical attention, critical supplies or even get their own goods to market (to earn an income)
        In sub-Saharan Africa, 85% of roads are not accessible in the wet season
            Will take 50 years to catch up on fixing the infrastructure
    In the US there are 4 million miles of roads
        These are often congested, have a huge ecological footprint and require a lot of resources to maintaindrone 4b
    Is there a better way…?
        Want to do the same thing as what happened with cell phones (leapfrogging technologies and reducing the need for expensive infrastructure across vast distances)
        Instead of taking days to receive crucial medicine, an electric, autonomous aerial vehicle could deliver it within hours
        Technology can now be used over a 10km range to carry up to 2kg – takes about 15min

drone 2b            drone b

            Entire countries could be covered with enough devices (automated logistics)
                System has 3 parts – flying vehicles, landing stations and routing software
                Every vehicle can exchange batteries or resources with any ground station
                Can be used in many climates and different weather conditions
            It only costs 24 cents per flight
            Based on internet principals – decentralized, highly adaptable, peer-to-peer, bi-directional, low ecological footprint and low infrastructure costs
        Can als be used in cities and megacities (which have very inefficient road infrastructure)
        The idea of drones are very unpopular around the world (due to their use in armed conflict)
            They can have an amazing impact
            They can connect people
                Better access to medicine and vaccines but later can be used for income generation
        Let’s make it happen!

Final Thoughts – I think that drones definitely have a bad rap, but they can be used for many different purposes, which may be good as well: including medical, road safety, fighting crime/security concerns and agricultural implementations.  The idea of getting emergency supplies to those who cannot be easily accessed by roads is very important.  However, I worry that the 10km flight distance will be limiting, so I hope the technology will catch up quickly.
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