Dave Merrill, Elroy Air, will cover technical and commercial aspects of the autonomous air cargo logistics system

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Elroy Air is developing autonomous aircraft systems to deliver goods to the world’s most remote places. Powered by sensing and autonomy, their vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) cargo transport system will operate outside of airport infrastructure. Immediate relief in disaster and firefighting situations, commercial cargo delivery by air to replace long / inefficient truck routes, and rapid autonomous resupply for troops in the field. The founders and much of the team worked at early UAV companies in the Bay Area (3D Robotics, Airware), and the company is backed by venture financing. The Elroy Air team is currently completing the design of their full-scale aircraft and readying sub-scale prototypes for first flights.

This talk will cover both the technical and commercial aspects of the autonomous air cargo logistics system under development by Elroy Air. In addition to a discussion about the aircraft itself, prototypes of our cargo-handling robotics will be shown and discussed. Bring your questions and ideas! Looking forward to a lively discussion about the next wave of innovation and development in aerospace, autonomy and logistics.

About Dave Merrill

Dave Merrill is a technology executive and hardware startup founder with a computer science and human computer interaction background (Stanford/MIT). His first startup was acquired by drone-maker 3D Robotics in 2014, where he led R&D and IP strategy. After serving as Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Lemnos, Merrill co-founded Elroy Air with Clint Cope to develop autonomous aircraft systems to deliver goods to the world’s most remote places. He is currently the CEO of Elroy Air.

Zurich is test location for advanced van and drone-based system

Mercedes-Benz Vans, US drone systems developer Matternet and Swiss online marketplace siroop have started a pilot project in Zurich to test an efficient van and drone-based system for on-demand delivery of e-commerce goods. The pilot project represents a significant milestone for autonomous aerial systems: it is the first time that extensive beyond-line-of sight drone operations with the use of vans as landing platforms are taking place in a major urban area to test a fully-automated e-commerce drone network. Continue reading “Zurich is test location for advanced van and drone-based system”

International Network for Autonomous Ships Established

The Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships has taken the initiative to start an informal network for information exchange and cooperation between national or regional organisations working with autonomous ship technology and applications.

More information at http://www.autonomous-ship.org.

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The Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships (NFAS) is an interest group for persons or organizations that are interested in the subject of autonomous ships. Membership in NFAS is open to individuals and organizations established in Norway. The official language is Norwegian, but much of the information material is in English.

The initiative to establish the forum was taken by the Norwegian Maritime Administration, The Norwegian Coastal Administration, the Federation of Norwegian Industries and MARINTEK (now SINTEF Ocean) in the early part of 2016. The interest in such a forum turned out to be large so the forum was established October 4th 2016 in Oslo in conjunction with a conference on autonomous ships. More than 110 people attended the initial conference and 30 organisations and individuals signed up to NFAS immediately after the conference.

The premise for the forum is that fully or partly unmanned ships will be an important part of the future transport system in Europe and the world. However, to get to a situation where such systems become a normal part of transport, there are a number of general challenges to overcome. This includes public acceptance, acceptable risk levels, efficient design and approval processes and more. These challenges are obviously better addressed by the industry as a group than individually, and that is also the basis for this interest group.

 

Presentation about drones delivery project in Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands

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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management in the Netherlands, the Province of Drenthe, ANWB, NLR, Delft University of Technology and UMCG Ambulancezorg have signed a letter of intent for the Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Unmanned medical flight between Lauwersoog and Schiermonnikoog in the Netherlands. Continue reading “Presentation about drones delivery project in Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands”

Delivery by air in the USA closer to reality thanks to FAA’s drone tracking plan

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Deliveries by drones took a step closer to being allowed in the U.S. after the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) chartered by the FAA in June has submitted its report and recommendations to the agency on technologies available to identify and track drones in flight and other associated issues. Continue reading “Delivery by air in the USA closer to reality thanks to FAA’s drone tracking plan”

Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA, will speak at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference USA

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Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA, will speak at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference USA, which takes place on March 20, 2018, North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA) are a relatively new phenomenon; the first operational regular UCA service is to be inaugurated this year in Kenya. Organizations like SESAR see great potential in UCA and the basic technologies are there. Why, then, is the introduction of UCA progressing so slowly? In this presentation an overview is given of the ‘state of the art’ in UCA: development programs, business opportunities, challenges and prospects. Some subjects will be: various configurations of UCA, operational concepts and the position of small companies versus established manufacturers. Continue reading “Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA, will speak at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference USA”

Flirtey will deliver defibrillators to 911 callers to help treat cardiac arrest (VIDEO)

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Flirtey has formed a partnership with REMSA Health, a provider of ambulance and emergency health services in the state of Nevada. Flirtey and REMSA plan to dispatch a drone to deliver a portable defibrillator whenever a 911 caller in the area reports symptoms of cardiac arrest.

J.W. Hodge, REMSA’s chief of operations for health care, said they hope to reach patients in less time than it would take an ambulance to cut through traffic. Continue reading “Flirtey will deliver defibrillators to 911 callers to help treat cardiac arrest (VIDEO)”

The Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle Conference integrates in the Cargo Innovation Conference

After very successful Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle Conference editions, Jakajima as organiser of the conference has decided to integrate the conference in the Cargo Innovation Conference, which will last two days.

‘We noted that attendees of the Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle Conference were also interested to attend other related conferences and in new topics’ stated Pieter Hermans, initiator and founder of the conference. ‘With this integration we can offer more topics and be more flexible in the programming. It will also lead to a better link with the Expo, which takes place in parallel. This offers more options for exhibitors and speakers’ Hermans added.

The subject of the topics of the Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle Conference is: Automated driving and unmanned transport systems are about to bring massive disruptions to road / train transport sector. Organisations active in this industry have to adapt their organisation accordingly in order to optimize operations and revenues. Unmanned Cargo Vehicles will offer solutions for many of the challenges the transport industry is facing: improved traffic flow and road safety, fuel consumption reduction and reduced CO2 emissions. The conference also addresses the benefits of unmanned vehicles for military purpose such as unmanned transport of goods in high-risk areas

The topics of the Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle Conference will be integrated in the new program

  • Control Systems
  • Big Data
  • Sensor Networks
  • Automated guided vehicle
  • Truck Platooning
  • Road Safety and Security
  • Legal and liability implications
  • Autonomous operation architecture (5G / satellite)
  • Human factors
  • New value chains / business models

The website of Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle Conference will be integrated in the Cargo Innovation Conference website.

The topics of the Cargo Innovation Conference will be:

  • Multi modal unmanned/autonomous cargo systems
    • Air
    • Water
    • Land (Train / Truck)
  • 3D Printing
    • IP / Import-Export duties
    • Liability
    • Virtual Inventory
  • Blockchain / Security
  • Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality
  • Robotics / Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV)
  • Machine2Machine, Internet of Things
    • 5G
    • Tracking & Tracing
    • Big Data / Machine Learning
  • Regulatory issues
  • Business models