UPS Plans On Launching Drones From Trucks To Complete Deliveries
The use of drones to deliver packages is not a new concept with some companies already toying with the idea. UPS joins that group after it tested a delivery drone that launches from its truck.
Last Monday, Feb. 20, UPS conducted an experiment in which a residential delivery drone was launched from one of the company's trucks. The test, which was done on a blueberry farm just outside Tampa, FL., was done to see if a drone can successfully launch from a delivery truck, bring the package safely to its recipient, and return to dock in the truck.
The drone, a product of Workhorse Group Inc., successfully delivered the package right to the recipient's doorsteps and returned safely to the truck even after it moved to a different location from where it launched the drone. This means the driver of the van can launch the drone and drive on to deliver the next package. The drone, once it has delivered the package, will then follow the truck and dock. If this system will get the go-signal, a UPS employee can deliver two packages in the time it would take to deliver just one.
The drone in question is part of the Ohio-based company's new HorseFly UAV Delivery system. The Workhorse Group dwells on the development and manufacture of hybrid electric trucks and aerospace technology. It has supplied UPS with 350 electric hybrid trucks with 125 of them currently being used for deliveries. The diesel-electric hybrid truck used in the test was customized for the HorseFly drone delivery system.
The 9.5-pound UAV is docked just under the roof which retracts to let the drone fly out with the package. According to Tech Crunch, the drone is powered by 18650 battery pack which allows it to fly for up to 30 minutes at a time. It can go as fast as 45 miles per hour and carry up to 10 pounds.
There are some who have voiced their concerns with these kinds of advancement in technology particularly with relation to employment. Many fear that automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will take over the workforce and leave humans jobless. UPS, for its part, will still depend on its human drivers to launch and recall the drones while also completing deliveries themselves.
Intel's Drone Had A Thrilling Role In The NBA All-Star Weekend
Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic used an Intel drone in one of his dunks at the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk competition.
Amazon's Delivery Drones To Drop Packages Using Parachutes
Amazon was granted a patent for a method of delivery using drones, parachutes, air canisters, and air flaps.
FedEx to Use Self-Driving Trucks, Robots And Alexa To Make Deliveries Easier
FedEx is exploring the possibility of employing autonomous trucks,robots and artificial intelligence to provide better delivery services.
UPS Drivers Never Turn Left For Fuel Economy and Emission Purposes
UPS truck drivers stopped turning left on the road since the 1970s, and even today they still apply that rule wherever possible. The package delivery company justifies this on fuel economy, reduced emission, and reduction in auto accidents. The company now has a software known as Orion which regulates the use of right turns against left turns in pre-planned routes.
Tesla Tops Automakers BMW, Mercedes-Benz And Ferrari For Best Overall Brand Experience
You have probably written off Tesla Motors before against the well-established automakers. However, that's not the case now.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
The Role of Technology in Education in 2019
2019 is proving to be another great year for trends in educational technology. There are many upcoming trends that seem to have a bearing on the future of the sector with respect to technology.
New Retroreflective Material Could be Used in Nighttime Color-Changing Road Signs
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A thin film that reflects light in intriguing ways could be used to make road signs that shine brightly and change color at night, according to a study that will be published on Aug. 9 in Science Advances.
Top 5 Video Games to Play for a Truly Unique First Date
Video games have a way of taking us outside of ourselves and live in a fantasy world. It's even better when you're playing a game with someone special!