One of the inventions of Workhorse Group, 'HorseFly' the truck-launched drone delivery is making real-life package deliveries to homes through a pilot program with the FAA and the city of Loveland, Ohio. The HorseFly system is designed to significantly lower the expense of last-mile delivery, says Workhorse. The system and its workings compile with the current FAA safety regulations for drone package delivery. How does the system work? "We feel this is a game-changing moment to innovate the way packages are delivered for many years to come," says Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse.
How the zebra got its stripes is a perennial topic of debate. While some scientists claim the black and white stripes act as camouflage, others say that they deter insects. Researchers studying the subject say that stripes have not only been shown to deter horseflies in zebras - but many primitive tribes have also learned the trick and use stripy bodypaint to prevent the painful bites of the blood-sucking parasites. To test the theory, researchers painted mannequins with white stripes similar to those used in body painting by tribal peoples all over the world. They found that, just as with previous experiments with zebras, the horseflies stayed away.
Amazon apparently won't be the only company offering drone delivery service: The United Postal Service could follow suit. UPS announced Tuesday it had successfully tested out a drone for residential delivery, a press release said. The company worked with Workhorse Group, a manufacturing company that created both the drone and the electric UPS car used to test the flight. The test drone successfully flew to its designated location, dropped off the package and then proceeded on its delivery route. The drone tested could carry up to 10 pounds.
Amazon's much-anticipated (and long time coming) drone deliveries might technically finally be happening, but a new patent spotted by CNN suggests your next book or box-set might actually arrive via parachute. There are many practical, legal and technical challenges that drone deliveries present -- and getting the parcel on the ground is just one of them. So far, deliveries have been carried out in relatively controlled locations where a drone can land to release its cargo. A safe landing isn't possible everywhere, not to mention other environmental hazards such as humans, pets and other obstacles. Also, this is Amazon, where efficiency is king.
With the introduction of its latest delivery drone iteration, the Scout, Amazon is once again reassuring the shopping public that automated package delivery services are just just around the corner. Just as they've been promising since 2013, when founder Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes and claimed that the technology would be commonplace within 5 years. But unfortunately for his predictions, the march of progress rarely sticks to a set schedule. Over the past half decade, a litany of companies worldwide have sought to build and deploy dozens of drone-based delivery services, with varying degrees of success. Last May, Ele.me, Alibaba's online meal ordering service, began using drones in Jinshan Industrial Park to get meals to mouths in just 20 minutes, a fraction of the time it'd take a human courier to drive through Shanghai traffic.