Central Park Lagunas development in Tulum with the first passenger drone tower in Mexico


The real estate developer Los Amigos de Tulum announced a new project in the region called Central Park Lagunas that will have an investment of around 25 million dollars and will have the first drone tower for passengers in the country.

Central Park Lagunas development in Tulum. Image: Courtesy of Los Amigos de Tulum
Central Park Lagunas development in Tulum. Image: Courtesy of Los Amigos de Tulum

Nico Wilmes, CEO of the firm, said that this development is under construction and has a progress of 50 percent, so its opening will be in May 2020.

Central Park Lagunas will have 175 units, including studios, apartments, and penthouses, which range from 35 to 236 square meters (m2) and have a price of 140 thousand dollars in presale. All properties have home automation technology. In addition, they want to revolutionize the mobility of the area through a passenger drone.

Los Amigos de Tulum has an alliance with the Chinese company Ehang that creates drones for passengers and already operates in China and Austria, in order to bring this technology to Tulum.

"This year we started the first landing tower for passenger drone in all of Mexico in Central Park Lagunas, we are already reviewing the permits for the air route and in June I will go to China to make my first drone trip, this is part of the future of the Real Estate".

Among its amenities will have a pool of 700 m2 that simulates a lagoon, a boutique market, restaurant, Sky and island bars, park and the first underground spa with cenote design. The added value of the company's projects is sustainability since they have solar panels for electric power, water treatment plant, Tesla chargers, and electric vehicles.

The property is located in the planned community of Aldea Zama. Source: Local media

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Mexico will be one of the first countries in the world to have a passenger drone for commercial use. It will come through the tourism sector, but its possibilities of use are many, the idea is that this first step puts entrepreneurs and governments to think what can be done with this?

The first passenger drone in Mexico. Publicity photo
The first passenger drone in Mexico. Publicity photo

Los Amigos Tulum is a development company that since 2012 has bet on sustainability and innovation as basic principles for growth. Now seeks to revolutionize mobility by creating the first tower of drones for passengers in Mexico and obtain the Ehang 216 in alliance with the Chinese company of the same name, which designs and creates drones for passengers.

The developments The Panoramic and Central Park Lagunas will be the connection for this "technological bird", and will be integrated to the other innovations that these spaces have, such as solar panels on walls and roofs, water treatment plants and Tesla electric vehicles, in addition to smart home technology to regulate consumption. They also have the first wind turbines of its kind in the country and have the first infinity pool 360 degrees design with a 12-meter waterfall, which falls into an artificial cenote.

Nico Wilmes, CEO of the company, shared with El Economista: "I came from Germany where I handled renewable energy, there almost all roofs are covered with solar panels, despite being a place where there is almost no sun. When I arrived in Mexico 10 years ago I said: Wow, what a great opportunity to make spaces much more sustainable, because, although some technologies were already known, they are not always used in the most sustainable way; however, they have everything, sun, air, water.

Tulum was set up as the perfect place where he could found all the ways to apply sustainability because it is a growing place, but at the same time a natural destination, he says.

"In this search, in recent times we found a company that develops drones for passengers, this really is the future, because in the future we are all going to fly, that's why big companies begin to analyze the subject, but there is a company that is far ahead of all Ehang in China.

That's why Wilmes decided to go to China and see it with his own eyes: "We made an overflight, a comparison of his system and we managed to be the first company that will bring this drone of passengers to Mexico, even today these drones operate only in China and Australia, Dubai is expected to serve as taxis.

"It sounds incredible", shares Wilmes, but it is a vehicle that flies completely automatic, it does not need a pilot, it is programmed, you press a button and it takes you. It flies with electric energy, with a quick charge of one hour, "it is like an electric car and here in Tulum we produce with our solar plants a lot of renewable energy from the sun".

It needs much less maintenance compared to a modern helicopter, has 16 small engines, is built of carbon fiber and epoxy to make it lighter, supports up to 630 kilograms and reaches a speed of 130 km / h; has safety controls and an automatic landing system. This makes the system much safer.

"The idea is that in the future this vehicle will be much cheaper than a taxi because in the taxi you pay gasoline, driver, and maintenance for the wear of the car; the experience, on the other hand, with a drone improves all the previous aspects and nullifies others".


Mexico will arrive from the beginning for the tourism sector, "everyone goes to Tulum for experiences and this will be part of it," explains the businessman, because it will fly over Sian Ka'an, lagoons, cenotes and ruins.

However, this project also comes to open a space of opportunities and draw the usefulness of this innovation, "in other states and cities, a drone could attack the problem of traffic, for example, where people lose the most valuable thing they have in their lives, time.

This drone could take people in less than five minutes, because it flies between 0 and 1,000 meters, without interfering with airplane flights that fly between 12,000 and 15,000 meters.

He stressed that the companies of the future are those that contribute ideas to improve our environment, "the issue of sustainability is in the head of many, but we have to move people, show that the future is better," so he said that within the mission is to achieve a productive impact, for a more sustainable Mexico, "we are starting small, now free-flying is still a complicated luxury, but the idea is that this is integrated into the useful life of society.

Source: El Economista