Carrying objects rather than data !
This week, “The Economist” publishes in its “Technology Quarterly” a stunning article about Matternet, a californian start-up that aims to transform the way express delivery networks are organized and operated. By using a legion of cheap, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV = “Drones”), they plan to extend swift delivery of essential goods (medicines, vaccines, spare parts, etc…) to remote locations. According to the calculations reported by The Economist, ” a case-study in Lesotho put the cost of a network of 50 base stations and 150 drones at 900.000$ instead of $1 m for a 2 km one-lane road. Probably the best civil use of “Drones” reported so far!