Israeli Reinvents the Wheel for Futuristic Parcel Deliveries With TransWheel

By: | September 9th, 2015

No more missed delivery notice on your front door! Technology will dramatically change the way orders are delivered while also reducing shipping costs and speeding up delivery times.

Amazon is exploring the use of delivery drones for carrying packages and parcels to customers’ doorsteps. Google is planning to use drones for package delivery to isolated areas. NASA is also working on a drone air traffic system to manage unmanned aerial vehicles in the skies.

Now, taking a different route, a “down-to-earth” drone has been developed by an Israeli designer. Called the ‘TransWheel drone,’ the ground-based drone is a robotic single self-balancing wheel.

A young engineering and design student at Shenkar School of Engineering and Design in Israel has designed this new parcel delivery concept, which looks like a robotic unicycle.

TransWheel uses a similar balancing system as the popular Segway, allowing it to remain upright. GPS will help it navigate between locations, and it will confirm the identity of the recipients through facial recognition software.

A single TransWheel can carry small packages, but several TransWheels can work together to transport heavy parcels.

Watch this video that shows how the TransWheel might work in practice:

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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