Drone-based package delivery has environmental advantages, study shows

Drone-based package delivery

One annoyance of ordering items from the internet is waiting for delivery. That’s why many companies are set on making sure you get your items as quickly as possible — like Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping.

But shipping, especially fast, comes at an environmental cost. Previous studies have shown that moving goods by conventional aircraft is four times more carbon-intensive than by truck, which is 10 times more carbon-intensive than rail. Since many companies including Amazon, UPS, Boeing and Flirtey are working toward adding drones to speed up the delivery process and greenhouse gases are releasing into Earth’s atmosphere at an alarming rate, it’s important to look at the potential environmental footprint of delivery drones. 

A group of researchers released a study Tuesday in Nature Communicationsthat looks at energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of drone deliveries. Using a model, they found there could be environmental benefits to using drones versus trucks in some scenarios. Continue reading “Drone-based package delivery has environmental advantages, study shows”

What’s in Store for Commercial Delivery Drones

Commercial Delivery Drones

It’s Sunday night, dinner’s on the stove, and your fifth-grader suddenly remembers that she needs a costume for the Arbor Day play tomorrow morning at school.

Cue the drones.

If companies like Amazon, Google, UPS, and Alibaba have their way, drones will soon play an increasingly significant role in the “last-mile” delivery — from warehouse to doorstep — of small, light packages that a customer needs now. Given that almost 80 percent of what consumers order online weighs 5 lb or less, delivery drones could have important implications for energy consumption, public safety, privacy, air and noise pollution, and air traffic management. Continue reading “What’s in Store for Commercial Delivery Drones”

Amazon and UPS are investing big in drone deliveries

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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”

Parcel service company UPS successfully tests car-based drone

car-based drone

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. Continue reading “Parcel service company UPS successfully tests car-based drone”

Rwanda Launches First National Drone Delivery Service Powered By Zipline

national drone delivery

Rwanda Launches National Drone Delivery Service Powered By Zipline. Today, Rwandan President Paul Kagame launched the world’s first national drone delivery service during a ceremony in the country’s centrally located Muhanga District. Starting today, the Rwandan government will begin using drones to make up to 150 on-demand, emergency deliveries per day of life-saving blood to 21 transfusing facilities located in the western half of the country. Continue reading “Rwanda Launches First National Drone Delivery Service Powered By Zipline”

UPS, CyPhy Works Test Drone For Urgent Commercial Delivery

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UPS announced that it has begun testing the use of drones to make commercial deliveries of packages to remote or difficult-to-access locations, working together with drone-maker CyPhy Works.

Testing began on Thursday when the companies staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass. to Children’s Island, which is about three miles off the Atlantic coast. The drone flight advances an investment made by The UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund in CyPhy to gather information about drone uses and capabilities. Continue reading “UPS, CyPhy Works Test Drone For Urgent Commercial Delivery”