Solve for X: Andreas Raptopoulos on physical transport

Solve for X: Andreas Raptopoulos on physical transport

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  1. Ana Huante says:

    So exciting!

  2. George Foukarakis says:

    Here’s to the crazy ones.

  3. Roz Hussin says:
  4. Rajeev Mishra says:

    So exciting!

  5. Joshua Berk says:

    Incredible Idea.

  6. Michael Klein says:
  7. Alex Galan says:
  8. michael barth says:
  9. Ray Alez says:

    So exciting!

  10. Terrence Lee Reed says:

    This is a proposal to build a physical analog to the internet for
    transportation. The current design can transmit 2kg loads for 10km at a
    cost under 24 cents. If deployed hierarchically, i.e. with larger vehicles
    delivering bigger payloads over longer distances, then it could scale in a
    cost effective way (i.e. better than linear). Its exciting to see
    autonomous vehicles (whether land or air borne) transform transportation in
    the near future.

  11. foxxpup says:

    I think it would work well if the remote destination kiosk was simply an
    inexpensive recharge station or just a landing platform, something hard to
    steal. Communication can be done by phone. The flying carrier might be
    configurable to interact with the users directly rather than through a
    kiosk station. I agree with EffUsh that leaving large investments out in
    remote places is a good way to loose that investment. We’re dealing with
    humans here, with all their strengths and flaws. 🙂

  12. matt jackson says:

    Shooting something like this down would be difficult. At 400 feet and 40kph
    and I am assuming relatively small, firing a weapon such as a rifle or
    machinegun would be a very hard target, not impossible, but very difficult.
    Now, some will say rockets, sure, in some places in the world where these
    are common you could use those, but in a majority of the locations of the
    world those are rare. So I think shooting down one of these would be

  13. Paola Santana says:

    I love this idea!!!

  14. Pietro Amati says:

    I think is a futuristic idea definitively feasible for rural areas and
    underdeveloped areas Cost are dramatically underestimated auavt com

  15. Digital Rambler says:

    There are people currently working on making ATC Beacons for UAVs. Enabling
    the UAV to make course corrections to avoid large aircraft. If I am not
    mistaking don’t most commercial aircraft use autopilot systems?

  16. Zbychoslaw666 says:

    Place something worth 15000$ in the middle of nowhere in affrica – it won’t
    stay there for long… Also 2 kg is not much load – apart of medical usage
    it will not be usefull a lot.

  17. Blackrainbow says:


  18. FrenchyNS says:

    SalsaTiger, the same could have been said about the Internet (which is used
    today by criminals) but it would be hard to image the world today without
    it. Sure, lots of questions remains about the use of drone (ie. airspace
    safety) but it has real potential.

  19. Green Cocoa says:

    In short, Matternet costs per ton-km are 100 times greater than current
    costs in Central Africa (where there are the highest costs). Matternet
    moves 2kg over 10km at a cost of US$0.24. This is equal to US$12 per
    ton-km. Current costs in the most difficult parts of Central Africa are
    US$0.11 per ton-km. How can Matternet ever be competitive? Even with
    exponential decreases in costs?

  20. GeekinsteinTutorials says:

    That would improve shipping- having one per block with PO box like access
    would be cool. @Green Cocoa, the idea is to transport medicine, I am no
    doctor, but a pill bottle or other medicines don’t weigh a lot. If
    transporting small amount to a small community is the need, then it is

  21. Yanko Alexandrov says:

    Yea, also some drones must have 3d printer, and laser charging. Allowing
    them to stay in the air constantly and build stuff 😉

  22. Bruno Gardenali Yukihara says:

    Andreas, congratulations my friend! The presentation was awesome and It is
    admirable the progress you all have made. I am really happy. Keep moving

  23. SalsaTiger83 says:

    @arlpainbringer Are you joking or just a US-citizen?

  24. roidroid says:

    To all of those saying we shouldn’t do this because it would just be used
    by criminals: UAV systems like this are relatively simple to setup. This
    isn’t so much a product as it is an idea that can be implemented by anyone.
    DIY UAVs like this already exist to an extent, just look around youtube.
    Everyone is building them, and running them on continually improving open
    source software. This isn’t a question of should/shouldn’t we. It’s an
    inevitability, all we can do is brace ourselves.

  25. KenpoProfessor says:

    The problem with such a great idea is, the countries they deploy them in.
    They are, for the most part, isolated, and tech is not going to go with
    their culture. Someone is going to decide that it’s witchcraft, or some
    warlord will shoot them down, or, the people will just tear down the ground
    stations because they don’t understand it. As much good as this would do,
    it won’t work for more than a few months, that even if they get it fully

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