This post originally appeared on https://www.thememo.com/2016/08/15/drone-runways-amazon-delivery-are-the-apartment-upgrade-for-the-super-rich/.
[Editor’s Note: Charles Bombardier, a mechanical engineer and designer, collaborated with industrial designer Ashish Thulkar, on the “Drone Tower” concept.]
Are drone-ready skyscrapers the next big thing?
You’ve seen Amazon’s Prime Air flying wonders that promise 5 minute delivery times on thousands of small items, or Google’s Project Wing.
But there’s just one small problem, your high-rise city apartment don’t have that lush green back garden for Amazon’s robotic wonder to land in.
So what do you do?
Landing on the drone runway
A ‘drone-ready’ apartment, complete with a drone runway, might be the answer, according to Charles Bombardier, a mechanical engineer and designer who outlined the idea in Wired.
“My Drone Tower… would look like a futuristic condo building, with large balconies built to accommodate small electric aircraft or shipping drones,” wrote Bombardier, who worked with industrial designer Ashish Thulkar on the concept.
There are, of course, some very big questions around building safety that would crop up with these designs, as well as a big cost for construction.
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.
So far these concepts are just that, but with Amazon and Google’s ambitious plans for drone deliveries coming along quickly, maybe it won’t be too long before your next apartment comes drone-ready.