Friday, July 31, 2009

Markets in Everything: Robot Delivery of Packages, Groceries, Documents Through The Sewer System

It’s 2020, and cities are so overcrowded that it’s impossible to deliver packages. UPS trucks have nowhere to double-park, and obnoxious bike messengers can’t even ride on pedestrian-jammed sidewalks. How, then, can important parcels reach their destinations in a squalid megalopolis of the future? Through the sewers, of course.



At 7/31/2009 11:57 AM, Blogger Matz said...

Why not the Metro? Sewers seem highly unlikely.

And who knows, they may even teleportation by then.

At 7/31/2009 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In light of this avenue of transportation, UPS may want to revisit its tagline, "What can Brown do for you."

At 7/31/2009 12:46 PM, Blogger Highgamma said...

The picture in the article is of New York City. It should be noted that the sewers and New York City are very inhospitable. For instance, they are extremely hot. So much so, that liquid nitrogen is injected into the sewers so that's the workers can actually do their work.

New York City also does not have a separate storm water system from its sewer system, which means that the sewer system is overloaded during storms. As was noted by another commenter,the vast subway system would strike me as a better alternative to the sewer system.

At 7/31/2009 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The author of the suggestion does not recognize that only a small part of the country could use this. As pointed out a lot of older regions have combined storm sanitary systems so the transport would not be reliable. For other areas access to the sewer would be in an easment not the front of the lot. Let alone lets talk about rural and suburban areas.


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