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Road to nowhere: Could drones be the highways of the future?
Eoghan Macguire, for CNN
1:34 PM EDT, Fri May 31, 2013
Going off-road —
Matternet envisions a future where fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones) will help deliver physical goods to rural areas far removed from road or highway networks.
Drone test —
It may look tiny, but this Matternet drone has a range of six miles and can carry a package weighing two kilograms.
Sky-high view —
The view from a Matternet UAV high above the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Areas suffering the effects of natural disasters or where existing road networks have been knocked out could benefit from drone delivery systems, the company says.
Medical delivery —
A computer mock-up of a more advanced Matternet quadrocopter delivering an aid package -- one of the potential applications of the project.
Robot city —
Rural locations in developing countries are likely to be where Matternet aims to make its early impact according to founder and CEO, Andreas Raptopolous, but the company also sees the technology having applications in large cities across the world.
Ground station —
A mockup of a drone hub from Aria, who foresee UAVs landing on the roof of ground stations to recharge before moving on.