Amazon.com has been granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a delivery drone that can respond to human gestures.
The concept is part of Amazon’s goal to develop a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles that can get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. Issued earlier this week, the patent may help Amazon grapple with how flying robots might interact with human bystanders and customers waiting on their doorsteps.
Depending on a person’s gestures — a welcoming thumbs up, shouting or frantic arm waving — the drone can adjust its behavior, according to the patent. The machine could release the package it’s carrying, alter its flight path to avoid crashing, ask humans a question or abort the delivery, the patent says.
Among several illustrations in the design, a person is shown outside his home, flapping his arms in what Amazon describes as an “unwelcoming manner,” to show an example of someone shooing away a drone flying overhead. A voice bubble comes out of the man’s mouth, depicting possible voice commands to the incoming machine. (Amazon.com chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post.) Continue reading “Amazon is granted patent for delivery drone that can respond to human gestures (Video)”
Amazon and UPS are investing big in drone deliveries
- Drone deliveries could be faster and cheaper than existing logistics methods.
- Companies like Amazon and UPS are investing big in developing flying robots to make deliveries.
In theory, getting a recent purchase delivered in mere minutes is every consumer’s dream.
In practice? It’s not exactly easy to do.
The logistics are complex and intense. The regulatory hurdles are steep and covered with red tape. And like autonomous vehicles, the technology is already capable of the task at hand – however, it will take time to build acceptance and trust with customers to allow drones to fly onto their property for any purpose. Continue reading “Amazon and UPS are investing big in drone deliveries”
A California startup promising to build an electric long-distance cargo drone announced yesterday that it has raised 140 percent of its initial angel funding goal. Sabrewing Aircraft Company CEO Ed De Reyes said the company had raised just shy of US$1 million from The Drone Fund, Integro LTD and two other investors.
The funds will be used to construct a large-scale, long-endurance, high-cargo-capacity unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that its manufacturer says will be able to compete with small cargo aircraft such as the Cessna 208, in terms of cost, range, and payload.
While cargo drones are on the cusp of going mainstream, with big players like Boeing getting into the game, the model presented by Sabrewing Aircraft Co. could be the first electric cargo drone with the sort of range normally reserved for large fixed-wing aircraft. The UAV, dubbed “The Draco-2” will eventually carry up to two tons, for a maximum distance of 5,000 miles – for up to 50 hours – at altitudes reaching 22,000 feet. Continue reading “Sabrewing Aircraft closes funding for hybrid-electric cargo challenger to Cessna 208”
Since 2014, AHS International has been leading a series of workshops on Transformative Vertical Flight (TVF), building a community of aerospace professionals that includes technical, regulatory and business elements, and exploring the potential for new forms of air transportation systems with innovative propulsion systems. The focus has been on systems that embody combinations of on-demand, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, and vertiport-capable configurations and designs. See the AHS Electric VTOL News website for news and a directory of concepts under development.
The 5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop, held this year in San Francisco, California, featured the latest advances and possibilities in urban air mobility. Videos and presentations for the workshop can be downloaded below. Next year’s workshop will be rebranded as the “6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium” and is planned to be held in Jan. 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Past workshop briefings and videos can be found at the AHS webpage on Transformative Vertical Flight. Continue reading “5th Annual Transformative VTOL Workshop papers available”
Dubai-based startup development firm Eniverse has unveiled the DoorBox, a fully automated receiving box that will be placed receive deliveries from drones.
In November, Eniverse announced that it had teamed up with Fetchr and San Francisco-based drone delivery firm Skycart to deliver the first autonomous drone delivery service in the region. Continue reading “Dubai-based start-up Eniverse to deliver region’s first autonomous drone delivery service”
Dorado drones – next “UBER” on blockchain for on-demand deliveries
The next-generation on-demand delivery company Dorado, has revealed that it plans to raise $69M via its ICO. Dorado has already ‘pre-heated the oven” by raising $4M from institutional investors, including the ICO-focused Goldfish Fund, and it plans to offer the remaining allocation to the general public. There’s likely to be a huge amount of interest given how mature Dorado is in comparison to the majority of companies that hold ICO’s. Dorado, a fork of Foodout, which is based in Europe, was founded in 2014 and is already a leader in 6 countries, delivering 4 million orders, to 1 million active users, with +50M in sales. Continue reading “Dorado drones – next “UBER” on blockchain for on-demand deliveries (Video)”
Boeing unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (Boeing eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype that will be used to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. It is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications.
“This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step in our Boeing eVTOL strategy,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop. “We have an opportunity to really change air travel and transport, and we’ll look back on this day as a major step in that journey.” Continue reading “Boeing unveils new electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing multi-copter UAV (video)”
Hype technologies to profoundly change aviation – Hans Heerkens, Chairman Platform UCA (PUCA)
Far from the spotlight of the media, technologies are developed that can significantly change aviation – and society- especially when applied jointly. Two of them are 3D printing and quantum computers. Perhaps you do not think of aviation right away. But these technologies can profoundly change aviation, and may have a major impact on tomorrow’s world.
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a technique by which an object is constructed in thin layers, as if a printer does not apply one layer of ink to paper, but layer after layer. The significant advantage is that more and more items can be manufactured wherever and whenever they are needed. This saves time and transport costs. Experiments are already conducted with 3D printing of food. In combination with nanotechnology, which can change properties of materials considerably, the possibilities seem unlimited. Continue reading “Hype technologies to profoundly change aviation – Hans Heerkens, Platform UCA”
Platform UCA welcomes new member Consortiq
Consortiq is a cutting edge innovator in drone and unmanned technology. We transform businesses through drone consultancy, drone training, aerial filming, hardware and software. We make it easier for organisations to put drones in the sky.
We are expert drone professionals and market leaders in providing bespoke and innovative unmanned technology solutions for businesses worldwide.
Whether you require drone pilot training to satisfy aviation regulations, software to help manage risk and assure compliance, or you’re setting the technology strategy for your company – we want to work with you!
Our passion is creating and delivering transformational business change through the application of drone and unmanned technology.
We’re innovative aviation and drone professionals, and it’s our mission to help you understand the advantages drones can offer your organisation. As a talented group of former military and civilian, rotary and fixed-wing, manned and remote pilots and former air traffic controllers, we understand the intricacies of operating in the national airspace system and can help you navigate the process from start to finish. Continue reading “Platform UCA welcomes new member Consortiq”
3D Printing, Unmanned Aircraft to Revolutionise Logistics
Logistical support for forward-deployed Marines will be revolutionized in the coming years by new technologies like 3-D printing, unmanned aircraft and “smart” logistics gear that can be networked to solve problems faster, a top Marine said.
“We’re looking to see what is the art of the possible and try to apply those visionary capabilities that are being developed to what we need to do,” Brig. Gen. Terry Williams, the Marine Corps’ assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics, told Marine Corps Times. Continue reading “3D Printing, Unmanned Aircraft to Revolutionise Logistics”