Leading design and innovation company PriestmanGoode has launched its vision of how cities in the future could be transformed by drones.
The company outlined its drone-based vision at the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong. Paul Priestman, the company’s co-founder and chairman, launched the vision as he spoke at the ‘Future of Travel’ panel session.
PriestmanGoode has developed a concept for an integrated drone delivery system – Dragonfly – to show how cities can be adapted to accommodate drone technology, relieve congested roads in urban areas and solve the last mile parcel delivery challenge.
The concept will feature in a new documentary movie, ‘Elevation’, about drones created by online design magazine Dezeen. The full-length, 20-minute documentary will be premiered in May 2018 but a trailer can be found online.
“The rise in online retail is adding more vehicles to already congested roads, contributing to poor air quality,” said Priestman. “Combine that with rapid population growth in our cities and we have a problem.”
PriestmanGoode has created a vision of a parcel delivery system, Dragonfly, that is less robotic and more akin to leaves in the wind.
“We wanted to create something that is non-threatening and which would enhance cityscapes,”Priestman added. “This will be important in gaining public support for the future commercial use of drones.”
The Dragonfly pick up their parcels and passes between buildings with soft analogue movements, docking on landing pads on the sides of buildings, and on the rooftops.
The chairman added: “Delivery drones for e-commerce is not a new concept. The technology is already being trialled by established online retailers. What’s new and interesting about our concept is the way we’ve imagined cities in the future being adapted to accommodate drone technology leading to a big step change in city development and does not require the use of the already congested road network.
Buildings, for example, could be designed to enable access from different levels, not just by the front door. The banks of rivers, where all cities first emerged, are used again as major transport corridors supporting the delivery of the drone network. And the drones themselves are designed to enhance busy cityscapes.”