Delivery service UPS also wants to use drones
Delivery using drones from the category of fantastic ideas goes into the category of real things. Amazon, 7-11 and other companies trying to implement this idea, joined UPS is one of the largest postal services in the world. It already began testing a system that transports a shipment in the area from a mail van to the recipient, while the van continues to move along the route.
This last stage is the most inefficient in the delivery process. The estimated service life of the UPS, reducing about a kilometer the route of each of the 66 000 visits daily performed its drivers, you can save $ 50 million a year.
To reduce the routes will allow specially equipped «RV-helicopter». Instead of having to drive to each house and take the parcel to the door, the driver will be sufficient to stop and put the parcel into the basket attached to the unmanned aerial vehicle which will fly through the sunroof and take the parcel to the recipient, and then return to place. The van could proceed to the next point of the route. Note that delivery can continue without waiting for the return of the drone, since he’s on Board one.
The post drone weighs about 4.5 kg and can stay airborne for up to 30 minutes. On what the payload is designed apparatus, the source did not specify. It is known that the battery charging is done in the van.