The Concept

The Elevation logistic system would enable companies to deliver packages within 30 minutes from ordering directly to your apartment floor. This fully automated delivery system would be engineered into new and existing condo towers and integrated into the architecture of our cities. It would eliminate the vast majority of delivery trucks from our crowded streets and speed up the economy.

Origin of the Idea

A few months ago, I published a package logistic system (see Iris) featuring parcels being delivered by a combination of trains and drones to residential towers (see Drone Tower). I was later contacted by Norbert Steiner, who is working on similar logistic system, and we collaborated to create the Elevation concept.

How It Works

The Elevation system is one component of a “smart city” with self-sufficient buildings. It combines subterranean tunnels to deliver packages with automated trains and elevator shafts engineered to carry packages to people at home or at the office.

The Elevation system will be able to deliver packages up to 2.5 kg, which represents up to 85% of all packages sold online. It will also deliver medications from pharmacies and food from restaurants and grocery stores delivered just in time to your doorstep.

This means the Elevation containers will have to be secure, refrigerated or heated, fast, and also connected to each recipient. For instance, it will know where you are and will time the delivery with your proximity to a drop point (house, office, or in the city).

Distribution centers could be built outside cities (North, South, East, West) that would receive products from factories by train, truck, or ship. The Elevation system would have underground-automated trains that would bring large and small packages to a central hub inside the city, where most packages would be transferred to the Elevation system depending on their final route. Larger packages could be delivered by autonomous electric delivery trucks like the UPEX.

Potential Markets

In the coming decades, a large number of new business will emerge in our cities such as organic fruits and vegetables harvested from rooftops, fish farming in specially designed cellars, specialty kitchens, etc. These businesses will use the Elevation system to deliver their products in the city along with larger manufacturers.

The advantages of the Elevation system are evident: fully automatic, barrier-free, easy to use, safe, and less expensive (over time) compared to current services. It will reduce urban noise, pollution, and road congestion and speed up commerce.

The Designer

I would like to thank Norbert Steiner for collaborating with me on this project and Martin Rico for creating the images of the Elevation concept. Martin lives near Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Design at the University of Buenos Aires and now works as a Freelance Industrial Designer. Martin also designed the Isakwa robotic food cart for commercial flights and the Ryno electric hydrofoil concept.