Newly built homes in the west of London are set to be the first to offer drone package delivery for residents.
The homes in Lyons Place, Maida Vale, have been developed by Almacantar and designed by well-known architect Sir Terry Farrell.
According to an Evening Standard Report, in a move to be ready for when drone regulation is in a position to allow for UAV delivery in the capital, the developer teamed up with London-based start-up Skyports to install ‘vertiports’ on the properties.
As a company, Skyports are planning for this already, and are purchasing roof top space in London and in other areas in the UK to have the infrastructure ready for when the drone cargo and passenger markets eventually take off.
Speaking exclusively to Commercial Drone Professional in October, Skyports managing director, Duncan Walker said how he thinks passenger carrying drones could actually come before cargo carrying drone delivery.
He said: ““If you think about cargo and passengers, often the infrastructure is the same and sometimes it is a little bit different. We have the debate endlessly, is it cargo drones or is it the passenger drones that are going to come first? Part of me says it is going to be the cargo drones, they’re smaller, more manageable and the consequence of them going wrong is less because moving people around if obviously complicated.”
“On the flip side of that is, if you’ve got a VTOL, a passenger carrying VTOL, it is essentially an electric helicopter. So, if it has the Civil Aviation Authority sign off, you have the framework in which to fly it. At the moment, we don’t have the framework to fly BVLOS drones in London, but we do have a framework which says you can fly a helicopter in London and if it’s just an electric helicopter and a company can get their certification which they are well on their way to doing, you can fly that in London.”
Read the entire exclusive story with Duncan Walker here: