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If Amazon's drone delivery service is to ever get off the ground, it'll need some major infrastructure upgrades to support it. Previous patent documents have shown that these drones might be restocked and recharged in huge hives or launched from airborne blimps, and a new patent awarded to the retail giant could see drones being patched up and launched from mobile maintenance facilities carte
from a drone tower, underwater warehouses to a drone beehive and parachute, the online retailer continues to explore the potential of delivery and storage. The post amazon’s patented visions for future warehouse and delivery drones appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
In recent years, automakers have introduced engine stop systems in cars to tackle the problem of idling engines wasting fuel. But such systems aren't appropriate for buses and food delivery trucks that need the engine running to power onboard air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Now a team at the University of Waterloo has found a way to harness the wasted energy from a vehicle as it s
Commercial delivery drones are already taking flight, but before the system really gets off the ground, there are plenty of big-picture details to sort out. Recent patents are starting to fill in some of those blanks, with companies working on systems to transfer cargo from drone-to-drone in midair, airships that drop drones closer to their targets, and lamp posts that double as recharge stat
natilus' huge self-flying drones would cut costs in half in comparison to using a boeing 747, and could travel 17X faster than a standard cargo ship.The post drones the size of boeing 747 airplanes could be the future of autonomous delivery appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
in ford’s vision of the 'city of tomorrow’, autonomous vehicles and drones could work simultaneously to take care of your groceries and food orders. The post ford presents self-driving delivery van + drone concept at mobile world congress appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
American company UPS is testing a drone-launching delivery truck that it hopes will make its parcel service more efficient in rural locations. Read more
UPS's parcel-carrying drone is fully autonomous, freeing up the driver to make other deliveries whilst the craft is in action.The post UPS’s autonomous parcel-carrying drone takes off from a delivery truck appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.
The use of drones to make deliveries is taking flight lately, with the likes of Amazon and France's DPDgroup kicking off real-world trials of their technologies. In the meantime, however, 7-Eleven and drone company Flirtey have been quietly making light work of delivering items by flying robot, completing a total of 77 shipments so far...Continue Reading 7-Eleven builds on delivery drone tria
After two years of development and testing, a commercial drone delivery operation has officially received the government go-ahead in the south of France. The General Directorate for Civil Aviation recently granted authorization to DPDgroup, the international express subsidiary of French postal service Le Groupe La Poste, to operate a weekly delivery service stretching between two depots in th


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