Short-distance drone delivery service

March 16, 2013

It’s an approach that uses “uncontrolled airspace” and incremental purchases of cheap, standards compliant pads/drones to roll itself out (very similar to the way the Internet was able to piggy back on the old telephone system). […]

Here’s how it would work in practice:

  • My brother left his iphone at my house. I want to get it to him, but he lives 30 mi away (as the crow flies, 50 by driving).
  • I put it into a delivery container and put it on a small landing pad outside my home.
  • I order a drone on my phone and put the ID of the container into the order (I could just as easily use a drone I buy to do it P2P).
  • A drone arrives 10 minutes later, picks up the container automatically.
  • After a couple of hops, it arrives at my brother’s landing pad, where it drops off the container and alerts him with an e-mail/text.
  • Costs? Probably less than $0.25 per 10 mi. or so. So, about $0.75 in this instance. Time? An hour or so.

See also, Matternet.

(Via Kottke.)

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