Tag: DeliveryDrone

Amazon patents delivery chute for packages

By Feilidh Dwyer

In our increasingly fast-paced world, the demand from consumers to receive goods and services as quickly as possible has never been greater.

In 2013, world’s richest man and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that within a few years, Amazon would be delivering packages by drone.

In the five years since , the technology has greatly progressed but legislation and the practical realities of controlling and regulating hundreds if not thousands of UAVs flying through the streets have not yet been fully figured out.

As such, the capability for drones to deliver goods and services is there but the implementation of the concept has not yet been fully realized.

This month the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Amazon the exclusive right to produce their specialised “aerial delivery shroud” an idea that could change the delivery market game.

What is it and how does it work?

Read More: We Talk UAV’s

China to Develop Large Payload Cargo Drone

Engineers at Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology, a part of Beihang University in Beijing, are designing a drone that will be able to fly 1,500 kilometers carrying 1 metric ton of cargo.

They plan to finalize their design before year’s end and construct a prototype in 2019 for test flights scheduled to start in 2020. Mass production will begin if test flights are successful, and a drone-based delivery network is expected to take shape around 2025, said Zhang Shuo, chief designer at the Beihang technology company, in an exclusive interview with China Daily.

The yet to be named drone will be so big that if it were to carry people, it easily would hold nine passengers, according to the company.

Read More: UAV Vision

Meal Drone Delivery Service Starts In Shanghai

Ele.me, one of China’s leading online food delivery platforms, has been given the green light by authorities to operate in the country’s initial delivery routes for drones.

The 17 newly approved routes over an industrial zone in Shanghai will enable consumers there to receive online takeaway meal orders via drones within 20 minutes after confirming the delivery on their smartphones, according to Ele.me during an event in Shanghai on Tuesday.

Deliveries in the Shanghai Jinshan Industrial Park, which covers an area of about 58 square kilometres (22.4 square miles), are expected to benefit more than 100 food merchants doing business there, the company said.

Under the rules drawn up for this programme in Shanghai, drones will transport meals to and from two fixed locations within each route.

Read More: UAV Vision

Drones could have a big role to play in the future of freight transport

By Anmar Frangoul

  • Drones have become an increasingly common sight in the skies over the last few years.
  • They offer an interesting alternative when delivering goods, undertaking search and rescue operations, and firefighting.

The last few years have seen drones become an increasingly common sight in our skies. Today, they’re piloted by a range of users, from amateur enthusiasts and pizza delivery companies to the military.

In Spain, one business wants to use drones to make air cargo more efficient. Singular Aircraft has developed the Flyox I, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can undertake a range of tasks, from agricultural work and goods transport to firefighting, surveillance and search and rescue.

Operated remotely, the vehicle can carry 1,850 kilograms of payload and has been designed to be adaptable.

Read More: CNBC

Uber Plans to Test Food Delivery by Drone

By Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone

Uber Technologies Inc. plans to deliver food by drone in San Diego as part of a wide-reaching commercial test program approved by the federal government on Wednesday, said Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive officer.

Khosrowshahi said people should expect meal delivery in five to 30 minutes, depending on whether it comes from a drone or a human. “Push a button and get food on your doorstep,” he said. Uber is now the largest food delivery business in the world, Khosrowshahi told the crowd during an on-stage interview with Bloomberg at an Uber conference in Los Angeles.

The U.S. Transportation Department said it chose 10 state, local and tribal governments and a handful of companies, including Alphabet Inc.FedEx Corp.Intel Corp.Qualcomm Inc. and Uber, to work together on commercial drone testing.
Hamburgers via drone was among a range of topics that Khosrowshahi touched on during the interview at the company’s flying car conference, Uber Elevate. While the CEO said he’d joined Uber last year as a skeptic of the flying car program, he eventually decided to support the futuristic endeavor. “Uber can’t just be about cars,” he said. “It has to be about mobility.”
Uber itself isn’t building flying cars. Instead, it’s striking partnerships with companies, along with government agencies like NASA and the U.S. Army, with the hope that pilot programs will begin in 2020.
Read More: Bloomberg

Reno Will Deliver Medical Devices By Drone

(US) – Reno will soon see the use of commercial drones to deliver medical devices. The biggest little city will take part in a nationwide pilot program meant to test out the use of commercial drones — think drones delivering packages. 

The new program would allow drones to be tested in ways previously banned, including flying at night, or flying over people. In Reno, the city and ambulance service provider REMSA would partner with drone company Flirtey to deliver defibrillators, medical devices crucial to saving heart attack victims.

It’s something Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeney says could be a lifesaving change.

“Based on the historical cardiac arrest data that we have seen, on average, one Flirtey delivery drone in the City of Reno equipped with a defibrillator could save one life every two weeks.”

Sweeney says flights should begin within the next 90 days, though initial flights will start in the rural, outlying areas beyond Reno before pushing closer to the city and its suburbs.

It’s new territory for drones, but acting FAA administrator Daniel Elwell says safety is still the agency’s top priority.

Read More: KUNR

Big day for drones as US endorses tests of package delivery and more


The FAA is greasing the skids for pilot projects that could mean a defibrillator drops from the sky just when you need it.

With new federal support announced Wednesday, it’s a good day for drone companies trying to make their way into an airspace that’s crowded with regulations, safety concerns, social difficulties and other obstacles.

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced 10 test projects that will bring the unmanned aircraft into the skies. That means faster approval for experiments that could have drones sending medical supplies like blood and defibrillators, inspecting industrial sites from the air and even transporting people by air.

“Our country is on the verge of the most significant new development in aviation since the emergence of the jet age,” Chao said at a press conference. “We’ve got to create a path forward for the safe integration of drones if our country is to remain a global aviation leader and reap the safety and economic benefits drones have to offer.”

The projects are part of an effort called the Integration Pilot Program announced in November. Each matches drone companies and state or local governments willing to shoulder some of the responsibilities for developing the technology.

Many folks have purchased drones as novelties, but some of the most interesting work with the aircraft are business uses. Real estate agents could provide prospective buyers with aerial views of properties, oil refineries and pipeline operators could inspect facilities, and of course Amazon could whisk products to your home for near-instant gratification of consumer impulses.

Read More: CNet

DelivAir – Drone deliveries that find you

By Chris Dawson

Everyone in the logistics industry is talking about personalising deliveries and making them more convenient for consumers. The thing is though, while lockers or parcel shops are convenient from the point of view that you can collect your parcel at a time that suits you, you still have to go and collect your parcel.

Equally knowing a parcel will be delivered to your house at a certain time saves you staying in all day, generally you still have to be at home.

The ultimate for the delivery industry is to get to the stage where parcels follow the recipient and are delivered to them in person wherever they are whenever they want to receive the goods. That’s not only expensive but pretty impossible to achieve, although carriers such as DPD will already notice that you’re not home and delay your delivery until you return which is pretty neat.

Redelivery when you’re home is part of DPD Precise. Even Amazon’s new in-car delivery service is limited to new models and only certain car brands

Deliveries that chase you are still the goal however, why do you need to be in a particular place at a set time to receive a parcel? That’s where the boffins at Cambridge Consultants come in. They have developed DelivAir, a drone delivery concept that can deliver a package straight to the hands of its recipient, no matter where they are located… even if they are on the move.

Watch: https://youtu.be/gIUc4hjGBBQ

Read More: Tamebay

Drones delivering blood in emergencies: The future of health care?

We say YES at GPAS this is the future of health care!

(US) – Palo Alto, California, hopes to become the first U.S. city to use unmanned aircraft to deliver blood from a blood bank to a hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing the city’s proposal, along with about 150 others. The agency will approve 10 projects to move forward next month.

Drones delivering blood in emergencies could be the future of health care. At the Stanford Blood Center in the heart of Silicon Valley, Dr. Tho Pham’s team collects about 200 pints of blood each day. Most of that supply is stored at the hospital, reports CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal.

But sometimes, there’s a need for more.

“You can’t plan for emergencies and that’s where time becomes even more crucial,” Pham said.

Right now they use a courier service, but the process can be slow.

“It depends on the time of day, courier availability, traffic conditions, anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes,” Pham said. With a drone, he said, “Ten minutes or less.”

“It’s a huge difference, and it can make a difference in a lot of people’s lives,” he added.

Read More and Watch video: CBS News

First drone delivery network for medicines set to expand

ATLANTA: April 13, 2018. The UPS Foundation has awarded grants and in-kind support of over US$16 million to non-profit, NGOs and United Nations agencies for humanitarian relief, community resilience and safety programs worldwide.

In 2016 UPS says it invested nearly 2.7 million volunteer hours and more than US$116 million in global communities.

In addition to providing support for disaster response, preparedness and recovery, supply chains and improving global road safety, the UPS Foundation is expanding its work with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Zipline, a California-based robotics company, to deliver life-saving blood, medicines and vaccines to remote communities in Rwanda via drone.

Since October 2016 the partnership has made more than 4,000 drone deliveries of over 7,000 units of blood to remote hospitals across the country. As a result of its success, “the world’s first national medical drone delivery network” is being extended throughout Rwanda this year.

“This groundbreaking partnership with Gavi and Zipline provides access to life-saving medical supplies in only minutes rather than hours for millions of men, women and children in need,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “With this expansion, the reach of the drone program will double from s million to 12 million people across Rwanda. Additionally, the initiative will expand to deliver basic medications, vaccines, and medical supplies to hospitals and health clinics via drone.”

Read More: Freight Week