Why infrastructure is the key for drone delivery to go mainstream

Ryan Walsh

Drones are going to be a critical step in logistics technology, but that only solves half of the problem. The often overlooked part in drone delivery is the supporting systems that enable safer and more efficient systems. Drone infrastructure is critical in bridging that gap. Infrastructure that charges the drones, house the drone, and perform package handling autonomously that removes the drone-human interaction makes the process exponentially safer and more effective.

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UAM, AAM, Drone and UAV – What’s In A Name?

Ed De Reyes

by Ed De Reyes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc.

These days, people refer to them as “drones”. But drones are not Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and UAM isn’t an Unmanned Air Vehicle. So why all the fuss about names? We’ll to begin with, one segment of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) has been around for over 100 years. This presentation will explain the differences – and why such differences “make a difference” thank just a name.

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Autonomous harvest completed by robots and drones at UK farm

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Autonomous harvest completed by robots and drones at UK farm

It’s harvest season in many parts of the world, but on one farm in the United Kingdom, robots — not humans — are doing all the heavy lifting.

At Hands Free Hectare, an experimental farm run by researchers from Harper Adams University, in the village of Edgmond in the U.K., about 5 tons (4.5 metric tons) of spring barley have been harvested from the world’s first robotically tended farm. Everything from start to finish — including sowing, fertilizing, collecting samples and harvesting — has been done by autonomous vehicles on the farm, according to the researchers.

The team behind the project thinks that robotic technology could improve yields in agriculture, which is necessary if the world’s growing population is to be fed in coming years.

The researchers tackled this problem by using commercially available agriculture machines and open-source software that is used to guide hobbyists’ drones. Continue reading “Autonomous harvest completed by robots and drones at UK farm”

It’s expensive to use drones to deliver meds. Not using them exacts a heavier cost

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It’s expensive to use drones to deliver meds. Not using them exacts a heavier cost

If we could send fleets of drones flying medical supplies to people in some of the poorest and most remote parts of the world, would it be worth it? Who’s going to pay for the drones, or the equipment needed to house and recharge them? Who’ll pay for the personnel to operate them, and the training required? Continue reading “It’s expensive to use drones to deliver meds. Not using them exacts a heavier cost”

"Drones and the Search for Responsible Innovation" – Presented by Irna van der Molen, University of Twente / Twente Safety & Security

Drones and UAVs have enormous potential in transport and logistics, for inspections of infrastructure, industry, or buildings; in entertainment and photography; in emergency response, and in the security domain. Despite the economic and societal potential, the use of drones and UAVs also raise political and public debate. Questions on privacy, on safety and security, or liability are inevitable and legitimate questions. What are the potential future implications of drone technology on human beings, social practices, and society? Can we think of a precautionary legal and ethical framework that connect drone design, use and policy with our values? When is innovation responsible innovation? This presentation addresses these issues, and will actively engage the audience in sharing experiences.

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The Workhorse Truck Could Be First to Use Drones to Deliver Packages

Steve Burns has a big vision: he wants all of our mail and packages to be delivered by electric trucks with drone capabilities. As co-founder and CEO of Workhorse Group Inc., he’s well on the road to bringing his vision to life, and because of the FAA’s current “line of sight” requirement for using drones, his company could be the first actually delivering packages by air. Continue reading “The Workhorse Truck Could Be First to Use Drones to Deliver Packages”

Aerialtronics drones fly into onboard processing

Aerialtronics are taking drone autonomy to the next level by developing a smart dual camera that packs massive onboard processing power with both digital daylight and thermal camera sensors.

Using NVIDIA embedded SOC platform, the project, led by Michele Moscaritolo, Head of Vision at Aerialtronics, is a giant step forward in onboard data analysis and processing with drones. The prototype can process both raw data streams from the day-night camera, allowing the Altura Zenith UAS to be used more effectively in a multitude of onboard computing tasks from object detection and recognition to path planning for security tasks, tower inspection and 3D mapping in mining. Continue reading “Aerialtronics drones fly into onboard processing”