As Amazon inches closer to establishing a drone delivery system, the e-commerce giant may one day keep its inventory in the sky.
The US Patent Office earlier this year awarded Amazon a patent for an airborne fulfillment center (AFC) from which drones could launch to make local deliveries. The AFC could sit at an altitude of about 45,000 feet, the patent explains, allowing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be stocked and deployed as necessary. Continue reading “Amazon inches closer to establishing a drone delivery system”
Last year we wrote about Horsefly, but they have taken the next step. Continue reading “An update about Horsefly (VIDEO)”
The proposed drone delivery service born in Google’s experimental labs will test its system at a U.S. site, the White House announced as part of an initiative to push research and safety measures for unmanned flight. Continue reading “Google gets oke to test drone delivery”
Amazon has today announced a partnership with the UK Government to explore the steps needed to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality, allowing Amazon to trial new methods of testing its delivery systems.
A cross-Government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has provided Amazon with permissions to explore three key innovations: beyond line of sight operations in rural and suburban areas, testing sensor performance to make sure the drones can identify and avoid obstacles, and flights where one person operates multiple highly-automated drones. Continue reading “New Program Will Explore the Safe Use of Drones for Delivery”
Amazon, the online retailer, made headlines last year with its trial of flying drone deliveries, but its efforts look puny compared to an earthbound robot that can carry the equivalent of three full shopping bags, or up to 13 kilogrammes.
Stuart Rivett, managing director of Dutch parcel distribution business B2C Europe, says practical limits on the weight of any drone package are a handicap to introducing flying deliveries and dismisses Amazon’s experiments as “a complete PR stunt”. Continue reading “Drone deliveries are pie in the sky, robot competition for flying is not”
Since Amazon first talked about its plan to one day deliver packages by drone, the world has been captivated with that vision of the future. But a new company started by two of Skype’s cofounders thinks the real future of small cargo delivery is in autonomous robots. Continue reading “Robots and drones compete for the delivery system of the future”
New US regulations forbid cargo delivery by drone
If you want to deliver cargo by drone in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration may have just grounded your plans. Continue reading “New US regulations forbid cargo delivery by drone”
On March 19, 2015, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that the company will use for research and development and crew training. Continue reading “US approves Amazon drone trial”
Amazon is warning federal officials that it will “have no choice” but to move more of its drone research overseas if the company doesn’t get approval to test its fleet of unmanned delivery vehicles in the United States — and soon. Continue reading “Amazon threatens to move its drone research overseas”
The service will use an autonomous quadcopter to deliver small parcels to the German island of Juist, a sandbar island 12km into the North Sea from the German coast, inhabited by 2,000 people. Deliveries will include medication and other goods that may be “urgently needed”. Continue reading “DHL beats Amazon and Google with regular drone delivery”