Last Wednesday the Japan Post Co. started transporting documents by drone in Fukushima, Japan. it was a first in the history of the country, following an easing of regulations to deal with labor shortages in the transportation industry. The drone document delivery service will run six days a month and will complete two round trips on those selected days. The intention is to expand the service to rural areas and islands in the future.
Drone Delivery Stories November 12
Drone Delivery Stories October 24
The Economist: Fast food via drone takes flight
Drone deliveries are taking off around the world. We already reported on companies like Drone Delivery Canada, Zipline, DHL, Amazon, Google, Airbus, Matternet, and others. Yesterday The Economist had an article about deliveries by drone. The story focusses on fast food via drone in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Drone Delivery Stories October 22
Uber wants to deliver your food by drone in 2021
Uber is looking to hire an operations executive to start delivering food by drone as early as next year according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. According to the since-deleted job listing, the drone executive will “enable safe, legal, efficient and scalable flight operations.” A spokesperson for the San Francisco company said that the posting did “not fully reflect our program, which is still in very early days.” It does indeed seem to be very early as the FAA first has to develop the rules that will allow commercial drone operators to fly beyond visual-line-of-sight and over crowds of people. But, like Amazon, Uber is not afraid to show its ambition.
Drone Delivery Stories October 10
They have been at it for a few years now but earlier this month, DHL, GIZ on behalf of BMZ and Wingcopter, flew the DHL Parcelcopter 4.0 over 37 miles in about 40 minutes to a remote island in Lake Victoria as part of the project ‘Deliver Future’. The tilt-rotor drone can perform vertical take-offs and landings. However, once in the air it can transition to a more energy-efficient fixed-wing done that flies a lot faster. expand full story
Drone Delivery Stories September 8
Nothing is better than a nice relaxing day on the golf course, playing with friends and family, trying not to make a fool of yourself at the tee box. With that said, there is also nothing worse than being held up by a group in front of you or a pesky cart girl carrying drinks, awkwardly creeping up from behind as you try to concentrate on the game. A company by the name of Flytrex wants to take carts carrying food out of the mix and deliver food to golfers via drones.
Drone Delivery Stories September 4
The FAA celebrated their first four successful drone test as part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP). In Raleigh, NC, WakeMed Health and Hospitals in partnership with Matternet used drones to deliver medical supplies to remote rural locations. Three other drone trials took place in Virginia, Kansas, and Oklahoma.