We all know about Amazon’s drone delivery system and how it made a successful delivery of bag of popcorn earlier this year. It is very much clear now that Drones are planned to be used to deliver things in the future. However, there are a lot of things need to be arranged before they are able to do so. One of such examples is to “divide” the sky into a few layers to avoid the drones from being hit by aeroplanes or other drones. Starship, a startup technology company, is developing a self driving robot which travels on the sidewalk to deliver your parcel to your doorstep.
The self driving delivery robot will be a small electric powered vehicle which is able to carry things equivalent to two shopping bags to the recipient’s doorstep. The device will be running on integrated navigation and it will be fully autonomous. However, there is human operator to make sure that the parcel is delivered to the recipient’s house. The device also will be able to recognise pedestrians and moving through a really slow speed of up to four miles an hour.
The benefit of using the self driving delivery robot is that the recipients will be able to choose the delivery time slot and the device will deliver the parcel at their assigned time. Therefore, they do not have to wait for it to arrive. Another benefit is that, the recipients able to track the device through a smartphone app and the cargo will only be unlocked by them. One disadvantage though, is that the self driving delivery robot can be stolen entirely while it travels to the recipient’s home. The self driving delivery robot will be available in US, UK and other countries starting in 2016.
E -commerce giant Amazon recently surprised everyone with an unmanned delivery using a Drone. For the unaware, a Drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle with no pilot onboard. It is controlled by a person on the ground or through a computer. Drones have been garnering a lot of attention for wildlife photography and disaster relief purposes along with defense and military usage. Now, even product deliveries are kicking off with Amazon completing a successful delivery recently. Here’s what was interesting. Amazon has been working on hitchhiking drones which can assemble and disassemble themselves since a couple of years. The drone delivery concept will rapidly bring down the delivery time and aid in boosting the efficiency of the entire system. However, the Amazon Delivers Popcorn Using a Drone! drone that was used for the delivery in UK last year by Amazon was more like a conventional quadcopter but the future drones will most likely have more potent horizontal and vertical rotors. In December last year, Amazon delivered a bag of popcorn and an Amazon fire TV in just 13 minutes! A quote from Amazon’s website“ We’re excited about Prime Air — a delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones.
Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system.” The self delivery drones are a far fetched site in India but all we can say is – Keep an eye out on the skies!