Small Unicycle Delivery Drones, Big Impact Alone Or In Packs – The Transwheel Idea
Unmanned Cargo Delivery Concept – Chronicle 14
Transwheel, the delivery drone that doesn’t fly (August 16, 2015)
What the Article Chronicles:
When people talk about parcel delivery drones, what comes to mind is Amazon’s Prime Air service. However, there are other potential autonomous cargo drone alternatives to having hundreds of flying UAVs filling up our skies within Amazon’s aerial drone superhighway as part of the quest to deliver eCommerce purchases within 30 minutes or less.
Designed by Israeli industrial design student Kobi Shikar, the Transwheel concept is best described as a self-balancing, unicycle parcel delivery robot drone which has a vague resemblance to Universal Pictures’ Minions. (Editor’s Note: At least that is the first thing I think about when I look at the pictures).
Official UAV / Drone Name:
Transwheel delivery drone
Basic Unmanned Cargo Vehicle (UCV) / Drone Description:
Autonomous robotic wheel with self-balancing system, electric arms, obstacle detection cameras, GPS navigation system and a robust communication system that allows it to operate either alone to deliver small parcels or as a group to deliver full-size cargo containers. Additional features would include facial recognition hardware to identify and confirm package recipients, as well as LED lights that would allow the drones to deliver packages at night.
Payload/ Range / Speed:
No information on payload capacity, range or speed is available as the Transwheel is still in the concept stage. However, the technology envisioned to power such a system is not too far-fetched. Take for example the Ryno Micro-cycle (a $5,295, 160 lbs (73 kg), self-balancing, single wheel, personal urban transport system that can carry up to 260 lbs (118 kg) and travel up to 15 miles (24 km) with a single recharge from a household outlet), combine it with the latest technology from Google’s self-driving car project and voila! the Transwheel concept all of a sudden does not seem so crazy…
What are your thoughts on the Transwheel concept? Would you trust your internet purchases to be delivered by such machines? Comment below!