Parcel service company UPS successfully tests car-based drone. UPS has successfully tested a car-based drone, the parcel service says. The Workhorse Group Horsefly UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) Delivery system can launch from a UPS truck to autonomously deliver a package to a home as the driver continues on route to make another delivery and return to the truck.
This test was conducted in Lithia, Florida, with Workhorse Group — a battery-electric truck and drone developer based in Ohio. Workhorse developed both the drone and the electric UPS package car used in the test. This drone has a 30-minute flight time (charging while docked), and has the ability to carry a package weighing up to 10 pounds. For the test, the company preset the route for its drone, but UPS’ On-Road Integrated Optimization Navigation (ORION) routing software could be used in the future.