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Delivery drones could use public transport to extend their range


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Delivery drones could use public transport to extend their range

Technology 31 October 2019 By Edd Gent David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesDelivery drones could get further by taking the bus. By landing on public transport, the little flying vehicles could travel four-and-a-half times as far, making them more useful for carrying packages over longer distances. Drones are agile, fast and energy-efficient, but their measly…

Delivery drones could use public transport to extend their range


Technology



31 October 2019

By Edd Gent

A drone flies in front of the Golden Gate Bridge .

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Delivery drones could get further by taking the bus. By landing on public transport, the little flying vehicles could travel four-and-a-half times as far, making them more useful for carrying packages over longer distances.

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Drones are agile, fast and energy-efficient, but their measly battery life means they can’t fly for long – considerably less than an hour for most consumer drones. That’s a problem if you want to deliver packages across a large city so researchers at Stanford University devised a computer program that plans deliveries by getting drones to piggyback on public …

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