DRONENET: Using a Network of Drones to Deliver Packages

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Thu, Jan 10th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

I love this idea by John Robb, who believes that a drone delivery service — or an Internet of Drones, as he beautifully calls it — could be used to create “a short distance drone delivery service built on an open protocol.”

Here's a simplified version of what I'm talking about:

  1. I put package onto a landing pad at my home.
  2. Drone arrives, takes package and flies away.
  3. Drone delivers package to landing pad at delivery location.

There's almost nothing technically in the way of this happening right now.

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.

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