Drones have crossed the social divide and brought together people from all walks of life. But one man’s idea might transform drones into status symbols for the ultra rich.
Charles Bombardier, a Canadian engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, envisions a future when drones will become more common than they are today, and may even be utilized as personal flying machines, hence his idea of a drone tower, or condo buildings with special balconies.
In collaboration with designer Ashish Thulkar, Bombardier proposes special drone balconies for each unit that could accommodate small electric aircraft as well, with retractable handrails so that they could act as balconies too. You wouldn’t own the drone so it wouldn’t be taking up space all the time; it would be shared, an autonomous vehicle that you would call up when needed. – Read more:
Charles Bombardier wrote about his concept in Wired:
Early adopters will probably buy personal flying vehicles in the not too distant future. […] Maybe an innovative architectural firm will even pitch the idea of building a ‘drone-ready’ condo tower in Japan or Dubai in the coming months—and maybe it will sell faster than we think.
That’s the basis for my Drone Tower, which would look like a futuristic condo building, with large balconies built to accommodate small electric aircraft or shipping drones. – Read more:
One other article said In the further future Bombardier speculates that these drone runways could be used for more than just delivering goods, but for actual personal transportation via electric flying vehicles.
See photos of his concept here:
The future may indeed see the possibility of drones carrying passengers in them, according to a report in June. An autonomous drone capable of carrying human passengers is to be tested in Nevada in the first test of its kind in the United States. Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang received approval from the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) for its 184 drone to be tested later this year as part of an “historic” agreement. – Read more here:
Meanwhile, today’s enthusiasts content themselves with drones being used in aerial photography, for delivering drone photography services by real estate marketing firms, and wedding event organizers, as well as for many other civilian functions, such as police search-and-rescue operations, media news footage gathering, agriculture, research and education.
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