Solving the challenge of flexible transport
The utilization and ability to pick up and deliver people, business, or cargo utilities from point A to point B in the whole city plan area is unique for this idea. Because it uses the most standardized transport box globally, the ISO-Container, also known as the shipping container!
What are the potential benefits?
- With "The Multidirectional Transport Vehicle" (TMTV)
- The all-electric remote operated or complete autonomous units are acting as multi-option transporter that use the standard ISO-Container end interface to handle the boxes; a said 20ft ISO-Container is built as a self-contained structure, meaning it can take heavy loads without breaking even when lifted only at the end or corner points
- By using an ISO-Container, there are many ways to rebuild this. Due to the construction, it is possible to alternate the walls by applying doors and windows to make it a bus or a bar, shop, and even a firefighting unit; the possibilities are endless when you think about it.
- If we then scale this interface to half or less, the opportunities expand to new use areas. Having a scaled-down version in a factory, airport, or hospital, the internal transport of people or cargo could be done by a swarm of TMTVs. The scaling can be such that the boxes can be fitted into a 20ft or 40ft ISO-Container for longer transports by full-size TMTVs to other destinations in the City.
How it works:
- A single TMTV can drive like a "Segway" when not connected to an ISO-Container or another TMTV.
- A dual TMTV will be like a "heavy truck" capable of heavy or long load transport!
- At least 2 TMTVs are needed to handle one container, 3 TMTVs for two boxes, etc... by this making a train of containers.
- When moving a said 20ft container. A TMTV connects on each end of the container, driving close-up to the interface and lower to ground level to connect using the integrated standard "corner keyholes" to lock on. Then the TMTV can elevate and thereby lift the container to approx. 500mm above ground.
Communication between the TMTVs and a Cloud logistics system determines the direction and location of the transported unit.
By centralizing the controls' operation and increasing logistics stability, the units could be controlled by very few people. Furthermore, with the use of IoT and over the air (OTA) software updates, the systems will be able to run 24/7/365 due to the ability to distribute maintenance and plan "pit stop." Without interruption of operation.
The body of TMTV can be 3D-Printed, and the drive unit will be a complete AI battery-electric unit produced as a separate part to be assembled into a TMTV.
TMTV is a disruptive technology:
It comes with a novel approach to complex logistics. This places it at the high-end investment, with considerable potential for a significant profit by following trends of Smart Cities.