No Roads? There's a Drone for That.

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, each week we’ll be featuring a new TED Talk focused on cities, community issues or local government. To compliment the release of our new report, Cities and Drones, this week’s talk provides inspirational ideas about the dynamic possibilities that drones represent. How could your city use drones?

A billion people in the world lack access to all-season roads. Could the structure of the internet provide a model for how to reach them? Andreas Raptopoulos of Matternet thinks so. He introduces a new type of transportation system that uses electric autonomous flying machines to deliver medicine, food, goods and supplies wherever they are needed.

About the Author: Paul Konz is the Senior Editor at the National League of Cities.

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