German City Has Sleeping Pods to Protect the Homeless From the Cold At Night

These futuristic-looking pods in Germany are emergency shelters for the homeless to sleep in during the winter months. The City of Ulm launched a creative program to help the homeless find emergency shelter at night, with six entrepreneurs and technical experts rising to the challenge by creating a series of sleeping capsules for those reluctant to go traditional shelters. The pods can fit up to two people and can be locked to ensure safety. The pods are well-insulated, have solar panels installed in them, and even have enough space for luggage and a pet. They are professionally cleaned after each use to make sure acceptable hygiene standards are maintained. The city stresses, however, that the shelters are meant to be used only in emergencies and are not an alternative to regular housing.