Irish Post Delivery Drone?

Irish Post Delivery Drone?

“Drone deliveries will not replace regular (mail) service, but it is going to be part of the future.” Delivery drones and postal deliveries go hand in hand, just take a look at DHL’s Parcelcopter or Singpost’s mail delivery concept and you get an inkling of the huge potential. Last Thursday, Ireland’s postal service (An Post) flew a delivery drone, nicknamed “Postman Padraig”, to complete Ireland’s first ever autonomous parcel delivery from mainland to island. The DJI based drone flew 5,561 meters (~3.5 miles) in 11 minutes and 20 seconds over water to deliver a small trinket to a customer on Clare Island (please see flight path below). Not much else is known at the moment except An Post is considering more plans to incorporate drones to complement its service in rural areas. More info...
Chinese Supermarket Delivery Drone?

Chinese Supermarket Delivery Drone?

“Drones push aerial logistics, technology pushes retail.” China is really ramping up food delivery via drone. Super Species (a convenience store part of Yonghui Supermarkets) has teamed up with Ehang Smart Technology (of aerial taxi fame) to deliver up to 500 grams (1.1 lbs) of perishables (such as prawns, salmon, beef, fruit and organic products) to customers within a 4.5 km radius from their store in in Guangzhou, China. By using drones, they have eliminated 40-60% of traffic time and report reducing operational costs by 50%. Since initial launch in May 2018, over 600 deliveries have been safely completed. According to ProduceReport, the process begins when nearby consumers place an order on Yonghui’s smartphone application or WeChat. Automatic determination is made whether delivery will be done by traditional ground transport or by drone. Upon receipt of order, an onsite worker will load the drone and press the “take off” button. The drone then follows a predetermined route to a predetermined spot at least 100 meters away from the final destination. A delivery man completes the final part of the delivery by land. The current quadcopter model being used can fly up to 40 km/h (24.85 mph) and deliver up to 500 grams of goods within a 4.5 km (2.8 mi) radius. The carrying capacity of future models is expected to increase to 5 kg (11 lbs) within a 7 km (4.35 mi) radius.   More info...
Chinese Takeaway Meal Delivery By Drone?

Chinese Takeaway Meal Delivery By Drone?

Meal delivery drones will operate in an industrial zone in Shanghai, China. Ele.me has been given the green light to operate along 17 newly approved routes over a 58 square kilometer industrial zone in Shanghai. Consumers will be able to receive online takeaway meal orders via drones within 20 minutes (at no extra charge) after confirming the delivery on their smartphones.  Personnel at the delivery points will distribute the meals carried by each drone directly to the specified addresses of customers. This is expected to significantly lower operating costs compared with normal delivery methods given that delivery personnel will only need to run 15% of the routes. The E7 drone model likely to be used can carry up to 6 kg and fly as far as 20 km at a maximum speed of 65 km per hour. Approximately 100 different restaurants operating inside the Jinshan Industrial Park are participating. More info...
What Do China’s Delivery Drones Look Like? – JD.Com Spotlight

What Do China’s Delivery Drones Look Like? – JD.Com Spotlight

  26 OCTOBER 2017 Chinese Delivery Drones China Focus: JD.com Is Beating Amazon at the Delivery Drone Game JingDong (aka JD.com) has been aggressively developing its drone capabilities ever since they first announced their intention to use delivery drones in October 2015. Earlier this year, they boldly announced plans to establish 150 operational sites for delivery drones in the province of Sichuan over a three year span. By June they had already conducted test flights. As of October, according to their recently released YouTube video, their delivery drones have logged in a total of 30,821 minutes in flight time, delivered 8,086 packages and flown a total of 10,242 km (6,364 mi).  By comparison, Amazon (who was the first to amaze us back in 2013 with the whole delivery drone concept) seems to still be stuck in the testing stage. They only recently conducted their first proof-of-concept flight in Cambridge, England this past December. So what do China’s delivery drones look like? How will they be used and what does the future hold for them? The JD.com delivery drone fleet circa 2016. Source: JD.com The JD.com Delivery Drone Fleet As of June 2017, JD.com had seven (7) different types of delivery drones in testing or operation across four provinces in China (Beijing, Sichuan, Shaanxi and Jiangsu). The drones are capable of delivering packages weighing between 5 to 30 kg (11 to 66 lbs) while flying up to 100 km/hr (62 mph). The drones do not deliver goods directly to people’s homes. Rather, they automatically fly along fixed routes from warehouses to special landing pads where one of JD.com’s 300,000 local contractors then deliver the packages to the customers’...
Drones Used To Deliver Packages – A Database of Drone Delivery Systems

Drones Used To Deliver Packages – A Database of Drone Delivery Systems

Last update: 23 OCTOBER 2016 CompanyDrone NameChassisDescriptionPayload (kg / lb)Range (km / mi)Flight Time (minutes)Speed (kph/mph)Cargo TypeDelivery MethodControl SystemNetwork DHLParcelcopter 3.0TiltwingJames Bond drone2.0 / 4.48.3 / 5.2-70 / 43.5ParcelStationAutonomousCommercial DHLParcelcopter 2.0QuadcopterOver the sea we go!1.2 / 2.612 / 7.5-43 / 26.7ParcelContainerAutonomousCommercial DHLParcelcopter 1.0QuadcopterThe Pioneer1.2 / 2.61 / 0.6-43 / 26.7ParcelContainerAutonomousCommercial PRODRONEPD6B-AW-ARMHexacopterHas arms!20 / 44-3060 / 37.3ParcelWinch / ContainerPilotIndividual PRODRONEPD6BHexacopterHigh payload30 / 66-3060 / 37.3ParcelWinch / ContainerPilotIndividual PRODRONEPD6-AWHexacopterFast5 / 11-5076 / 47ParcelWinch / ContainerPilotIndividual PRODRONEPD6E2000-AWHexacopterHigh output10 / 22-5065 / 40.4ParcelWinch / ContainerPilotIndividual PRODRONEPD4-AWQuadcopterWaterproof and unlimited power!3.5 / 7.7-4060 / 37.3ParcelContainerPilotIndividual This database is frequently updated. Check back often. WANT MORE? WHY NOT TRY THE PREMIUM VERSION OF THE DATABASE? Free For All $0 Basic Payload DataBasic Range DataBasic Speed DataBasic Description FREE Premium For Analysis $79 Free DB ContentDrone DimensionsBattery InformationImagesCompany LinksExcel Version PURCHASE Data + Consulting For Big Projects $$ Premium ContentCompetitor AnalysisPresentationsConsulting...
Pizza Pie in the Sky! – A Brief History of the Goal to Use Drones to Deliver Pizzas

Pizza Pie in the Sky! – A Brief History of the Goal to Use Drones to Deliver Pizzas

28 SEPTEMBER, 2016 Pizza Delivery Drones Mamma Mia! Will full-scale pizza drone delivery services be the next big thing? This past August, pizza powerhouse Domino’s made history by announcing it was trialling pizza deliveries via drone in New Zealand. Check out the video of the successful delivery here. Experimentation with drone deliveries is nothing new for Domino’s. In 2013 they did a promotional stunt in the UK (video link: YouTube) and just this past June they did something similar in Greece (video link: YouTube) while also showcasing a prototype of their future “zero click ordering” app with a 10-second countdown. This time around however, Domino’s has partnered up with Flirtey, the company who this past year alone has trialled drone delivery of medical supplies as well as drone delivery of 7-Eleven goodies such as coffee, donuts, a chicken sandwich and a Slurpee. This partnership is part of Domino’s long-term strategy to automate delivery alongside the company’s future fleet of 190 kg (419 lb) Domino’s Robotic Units (aka DRUs) which are the company’s (potentially solar powered) commercial autonomous delivery vehicles ready to deliver up to 10 hot pizza pies within a 20 km (12.4 mile) radius of their home franchise base. Is Domino’s the first to come up with this concept of flying pizzas? No. But they are most likely the first to be able to make it happen at a commercial level. University students and their supervisor in Berlin work on devouring the first pizza successfully delivered via drone back in 2012. Screen capture via YouTube Pizza Drones Then Leonardo The Pizza Delivery Copter (Germany, 2012) A Free University of Berlin student project, this...

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