Are Delivery Drones a Solution?

Greetings All,

I just read a very interesting article and had to share my findings with you all. The following information comes from the Knowridge Science Report.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, e-commerce purchases have increased drastically. However, it has come with a price, by way of traffic congestion and commute times for delivery trucks. But a solution to this problem could be delivery drones.

A Stanford research team at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) recently revealed routing for large fleet delivery drones. These drones would deliver items but catch rides on public transit vehicles to save energy and increase flight range. Simulations ran in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., found that drones could quadruple their range time; packages were delivered under an hour in San Francisco and under two hours in Washington, D.C.

Mykel Kochenderfer from the Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory advised the following:

“Delivery drones are the future. By using ground transit judiciously, drones have the potential to provide safe, clean and cost-effective transport.”

That “cost-effective transport” is what I need more information on. If packages are delivered at a faster rate, I’d just assume that it’d be more expensive.

To check out the full article, click here. If you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…

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