When you are on vacation, you don’t want to waste precious time in your hotel room, you want to see as much as possible. However, a new futuristic hotel design called Driftscape could tempt you to stay in place. Each room will be a flying glass pod, according to the concept proposed by Hok, a design firm based in Canada. The pods would be linked to a central stationary center, but they could detach to enable guests to travel around in a specific area. The Driftscape is referred to as a “drone hotel” by the Hok team. The concept will take exploration to a new stage, giving visitors an aerial view of Norway’s fjords, Argentina’s glaciers, China’s Great Wall, and much more.

Powered by Drone Technology

The hotel will have 10 to 15 “Drift Craft” flying pods that would be connected to a central hub that would house the main lobby, bar, lounge, and restaurant. Every 200-square-foot pod, which uses the same technology like drones, can accommodate two adults and includes a queen bed, a bathroom (with non-transparent walls), and a desk. The pods could be linked together to fit larger groups. Since this form of drone technology isn’t yet mature enough, there are no definite plans to develop the first Driftscape. Flying guests around in a safe manner would necessitate a much more powerful motor than any drone currently available, particularly because the design lacks wings. If the Driftscape does ever become commercially possible, it is said that spending a night there would mostly not cost more than renting a luxury car.

Drone Hotels at Present

Imagine being able to book a stay at a hotel dedicated to drone entertainment. That concept is about to become a reality. EHang, a Chinese drone maker, has teamed up with LN Holdings, a hotel developer, to build the world’s first passenger drone hotel. Drones are used in the hotel experience, from air taxis that provide transportation to and from the hotel to scenic excursions. Drone light shows will be performed to entertain visitors, and UAVs will also bring packages to the hotel. Ehang has scaled up drone designs to create the EHang 216 AAV, a full-sized autonomous passenger craft. The big drone resembles an octocopter with a two-person cabin on top. Unlike other air taxi companies that employ a pilot, the 216 AAV is fully autonomous

An Urban Air Mobility Pilot City

The Guangzhou government and EHang signed an agreement in 2019 to make Guangzhou the world’s first “urban air mobility pilot region.” Now, they’ll start by integrating drone services into one of LN’s existing locations, the LN Garden Hotel in Nansha, Guangzhou’s coastal district. Excursions to beautiful locations such as the Pearl River, Beijing Road, and Canton Tower will be accessible through drones.

Is it Environmentally Sustainable?

The pod will make its way back to the center and be reconnected once the trip is over. Driftcraft will be specifically planned to have a low carbon footprint in environmentally sensitive areas. Driftscape has a lot of potential for planners involved in out-of-this-world meetings once it gets off the ground. Furthermore, tourism has significant negative environmental consequences. The loss of local natural resources, as well as emissions and waste issues, are among them. Overconsumption of natural resources is common in tourism, particularly in places where resources are already scarce. Tourism puts a huge strain on local land use, causing soil degradation, pollution, habitat destruction, and increased pressure on endangered species. These results have the potential to deplete the natural resources that tourism relies on. . When such hotel pods or drone hotels are used, tourists can enjoy the scenery without disrupting the environment.

Go Off the Grid

The major advantage of these drone hotels is that you can get a chance to visit places that were previously untouched by human travellers. And you can do so without interfering with the balance of such places. They can include deep forests, waterfalls, and even volcanoes. In addition to unplugging from the world you’ve become used to, look for areas that are completely off the grid to get the full experience. That means avoiding resort specialties, close proximity to others, and, indeed, also the inability to communicate with the outside world. Furthermore, this type of travel experience benefits both you and the rest of the world. An off-grid vacation can be an eco-vacation if you’re brave enough for a truly remote experience.

Are Drone Hotels a Good Idea?

While the drones themselves could run on renewable solar energy, the question that remains is if building such a system is economically feasible. Additionally, the noise caused by such drones could affect delicate fauna. A better solution would be to use a hyperloop to connect to such places to increase tourism and at the same time eliminate the need for building hotels as travelling time is drastically reduced.

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