Development of drone-based travel is currently under way using single-occupancy vehicles that fly short distances. As traffic congestion increases in cities, drones offer the possibility of flying over the traffic and a constrained street grid. “Flying cars,” as human-carrying drones are sometimes called, are currently under testing, with an increasing number of companies entering this space. Regulatory and operational developments are required for full-scale adoption of this mode, but these are under way, as well as vehicles are already under piloting.
Goals and Objectives
Facilitate transportation of people and goods that avoids traffic congestion and the street grid network. Reductions in vehicle traffic would also reduce road maintenance costs.
Drone technology, GPS, sensors, wireless communications, intelligence at the edge, IoT, cloud-enabled analytics, mobile device apps to request and enter ride information
Use Case Summary
Flying cars will allow fast transport across a city, bypassing traffic below as well as the constraints of a street grid. Drone travel also reduces the number of vehicles on streets. The technology is currently under way and in piloting, though widespread adoption faces regulatory hurdles.