“Transwheel was formed as part of my personal vision about a robotics future in the field of transport in the urban environment. Transwheel is an autonomous robotic wheel with a self-balancing system and electric arms, with a GPS-driven communications capability that enables it to operate in isolation or as a member of a group of robots.” – Kobi Shikar
Subsequently, rather than merely delivering small parcel objects, the Transwheel will be capable of transporting large containers as well, effectively eliminating the need for semi-trailers on the road. To achieve this, the Transwheel will attain collective units that operate in tandem. They’ll be attached with LED’s to ensure their presence are known at night and will be programmed with a transportation algorithm that’ll help them determine the best route to take, which will also accommodate their battery life at the time. In terms of size, the Transwheel will be no larger than half the size of a human with average height.
Below we’ve provided a video demonstration as to how the Transwheel will operate.
One of the biggest concerns for drone shipping is the fact that it takes up airspace, which could easily disrupt other more important operations in the sky – from airliners to medical transportation via helicopter. Of course, these problems could be alleviated with more advanced autonomous programming, but it still necessitates a possible alternative on the ground. With the Transwheel design, while it doesn’t eliminate the need for drone shipping, it certainly provides consumers with more viable options in both transport and delivery.
I don’t expect drone shipping to be anything but incredible in our near future. However, I subsequently recognize the importance of introducing the world to the Transwheel as well. With the combined forces of both sky and ground robotics, expect one-hour shipping in the coming decade!
Photo Credit: Kobi Shikar