Workhorse Autonomous Drone Delivery Begins In Cincinnati

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“Last mile delivery” is a phrase on everyone’s lips these days. The rise of online shopping by such companies as Amazon and Alibaba means there are more package delivery vans on the road than ever before. Maximum delivery efficiency with minimum fuel costs are vital objectives for the delivery industry.

And those are precisely the benefits the HorseFly from Workhorse provides. The company has begun a pilot program in the Cincinnati area with the approval of the FAA. “We feel this is a game-changing moment to innovate the way packages are delivered for many years to come,” says Steve Burns, Workhorse. “By not only reducing the expense of last mile delivery, but also providing the consumer with the ability to opt-in, visualize, and confirm their package delivery on their property, we have re-imagined home delivery.”

Here’s how it works. The driver loads a package into the drone compartment built into the roof of a delivery van. With the touch of a button, the drone undocks itself and flies to the delivery address. The customer can set a point on the property where the package is to be delivered and actually monitor the delivery process from a camera mounted on the drone via an smartphone app.

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teresa clark

If the idea is to save fuel costs why does the truck drive to the address to release drone? I guess amazon is going to start putting items in the right size box? Those drones won’t handle the boxes that are ten times too big. Are they gonna be able to carry 50lb bags of dog food?