Tag: DroneDelivery

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

Minister offers Google support for ACT office, drone trials stepped up

By Blake Foden

ACT government minister Mick Gentleman has offered internet giant Google his support in helping to set up an office in Canberra, as a subsidiary of Google’s holding company steps up drone delivery trials in the capital.

Google’s holding company, Alphabet, signalled its desire to continue expanding its drone delivery trials throughout Canberra.

The company, Wing, “graduated” from Alphabet’s X research division to become an independent business in July, and has already added to its offering in the Bonython area.

Wing trialled automated drone delivery of Guzman y Gomez and Chemist Warehouse products to customers at Fernleigh Park in Googong and Royalla last year, before expanding into Bonython in 2018.

Bunnings and Jasper and Myrtle Chocolates have since joined the trials.

More than 100 customers in the Bonython area are signed up to receive deliveries from the drones, which fly at 120km/h and can carry up to 1.5 kilograms.

Read More: Canberra Times

Drone company flying blood around Rwanda says Australia could be next

By James Elton-Pym

Australia’s civil aviation regulator says a similar program would need permission to stretch the current rules but could get off the ground soon.

A drone company that inked a landmark deal with the government of Rwanda to deliver blood and medical supplies to the country’s regional hospitals is actively considering similar projects in the United States and Australia.

Zipline International claims its long-range drones have carried out 3,500 emergency deliveries over 18 months in Rwanda.

Blood deliveries that previously took three to five hours in a cooler bag can now be achieved in 15 to 30 minutes on average, the company claims.

Zipline’s head of global operations, Dan Czerwonka, says hospitals have gradually come to trust the deliveries and are no longer stockpiling blood, driving wastage through expiry down to “almost zero”.

Read More: SBS News

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

Americans Say They’re Ready For Drones To Deliver The Mail

By Aaron Boyd, Senior Editor

A survey conducted by the Postal Service Inspector General polled citizens on how they would feel if a robot delivered the mail with—or instead of—a human.

Imagine a truck pulls up to the curb in your neighborhood, parks and releases a swarm of drones, each targeting a different house on your street. Turns out, most Americans are OK with that.

The U.S. Postal Service has been considering how best to incorporate autonomous robots into mail and package delivery and recently conducted an online poll of almost 3,000 Americans to determine whether the public is on board with the idea.

“Given their potential benefits, the Postal Service may someday consider incorporating delivery robots into its operations and, if so, would want to perform the usual feasibility assessments that would come along with such an idea,” the Postal Service Inspector General wrote in an April 9 report on the survey. “Since the American public is the Postal Service’s customer base, however, it would be advisable for the organization to keep a close eye on how public opinion regarding this new technology evolves over time.”

The survey asked citizens about two different kinds of robots: “independent delivery” bots that would walk the streets alone and “helper robots” that would accompany human letter carriers.

Read More: Next Gov

Brumbies star Ben Alexander among Project Wing drone delivery testers

By Andrew Brown

For the past few months, the highest-capped ACT Brumbies player Ben Alexander has been involved in a different kind of test than the one on the field.

The Brumbies prop has been taking part in the trial of food delivery by drones to homes in Royalla, conducted by Google sister company Project Wing.

Mr Alexander said he’s been involved with more than 30 deliveries during the past few months.

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

Amazon patent reveals its delivery drones could have facial and gesture recognition

By Michael Hicks  World of tech  

Amazon would probably like to just parachute packages to you from a safe distance. But the company’s latest patent suggests it thinks it might be safer to just fly drones directly in front of customers instead of risking broken Amazon Fire tablets (or concussions).

To potentially aid in this, the retail giant has filed a patent for a package delivery drone with a sensor system for registering both “visible” and “audible” gestures. Drones will communicate with a gesture database that will help it to recognize what you’re trying to get it to do, like “Fly over there!” or “Back off!”

Ironically, the patent image, first discovered by GeekWire, looks more like a man screaming and flailing in terror as a drone descends. But the patent itself hints at some complex technology to prevent dangerous accidents.

Read More: Tech Radar

Your Business Will Employ Drones, Maybe Sooner Than You Think

POST WRITTEN BY Jake Rheude – Jake is the Director of Marketing & Business Development at Red Stag Fulfillment, an order fulfillment provider for online retailers.

The drones are coming, whether your business is ready for them or not. Amazon Prime Air and Google’s Project Wing are working toward making drone delivery a reality. Despite significant regulatory hurdles in the United States, drone startups are multiplying like, well, drones.

The U.K. is well ahead of the U.S. in the regulation and deployment of drones. A London branch of restaurant chain YO! Sushi has experimented with delivery drones, and Amazon is moving forward with plans to roll out drone delivery in Great Britain. Even Royal Mail has hopped on the trend: The mail service believes that drones can help deliver the post in rural regions and give the government service an edge against commercial competitors. Airlines and oil rigs already use drones to inspect equipment that is hard for humans to access.

If you think that your industry has no use for drones, ask yourself if your competitors would agree. In the near future, the question may become not whether you should employ drones, but how many drones you can afford to deploy.

Read More: Forbes