There has been a lot of discussion about drone delivery. Amazon and Google both have their own strategies and in a very possible future, we could have drones above making home deliveries. To get to that future, there are a number of major hurdles that must first be overcome. Challenges such as air traffic management and max payload weights are legitimate concerns.
Kobi Shikar decided to try to solve the problem from a different angle. In Kobi’s design, instead of flying delivery drones, we would have road worthy, self-stabilizing, self-driving unicycles.
Drone delivery has been discussed, promised and tested frequently over the past three years, with most of the focus on quadcopter and similar flying drone methods. Challenges to that model include some dangers of unregulated air traffic and a restrictive weight limit for feasible flying. Transwheel, a design concept by industrial engineer Kobi Shikar, could solve both of those problems with a reconceptualization of the best drone model for the job.
Shikar’s idea replaces the flying drone with a self-stabilizing, self-driving unicycle. The chassis rests below the payload, carrying the package on its head like an old-world porter as it bears the delivery along roads and sidewalks to its destination. Long or heavy packages could be carried by multiple, linked drones operating in concert.
By using the present infrastructure, ie roads, all air traffic management issues are removed. Heavy payloads? Kobi’s design allows for multiple unicycles working in concert to support heavy and long payloads.
Which solution makes you more comfortable? Drones above or drones sharing the road with you as you commute home?