Drones

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September 28, 2017

Mercedes-Benz Vans Tests Drone-Delivery Program

The Matternet M2 drones used in the pilot can carry packages of up to 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) over distances of up to 20 kilometers (12.4 miles).

July 24, 2017

Texas Utility Starts Drone Pilot Program

The pilot program will cost $35,000 and is expected to take about a week to complete. Video from the drone will be analyzed to identify loose connections, leaking oil, rust and deterioration, and any hot spots.

May 2, 2017

Ryder to Distribute, Service Workhorse Trucks

Ryder System has formed a 10-year strategic partnership with Workhorse Group that makes Ryder the primary distributor and provider of service and support for Workhorse light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicles in North America, Ryder has announced.

April 20, 2017

Stertil-Koni Uses Drone Videography for Lift Demo

Steril-Koni's new video takes the viewer on a behind-the-scenes look at LBCT and its utilization of Stertil-Koni’s latest super heavy-duty mobile column lifts – the ST 1130 – which have a lifting capacity of 29,000 pounds per column, or 116,000 pounds for a set of four.

February 22, 2017

UPS Tests Drone Launched From Atop Truck

UPS has successfully tested a drone that launches from atop one of its package cars, the company announced. The system is designed to autonomously deliver a package while the truck is driven on a route.

December 30, 2016

Is Amazon Planning a Flying Warehouse?

An Amazon patent filing surfaced on Dec. 28 describing an airborne fulfillment center for the company’s drone delivery system, according to a report by CNBC.

October 17, 2016

Commentary: The Heady Pace of Technology

Drones, self-driving trucks, so-called “Uber” for freight transportation as well as the Internet of Things and Big Data all have the power to disrupt today’s ways of moving freight.

September 27, 2016

UPS Drone Delivers Medicine to Remote Location in Test

UPS staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass., to Children’s Island using a drone delivery system it is testing with CyPhy Works.

September 15, 2016

FTR Conference: Digital Disruptions and the Future of Trucking

INDIANAPOLIS -- Expect big changes over the years in the way trucking and supply chains are managed, including turning it upside down. That was one of the messages those attending the FTR Transportation Conference heard Thursday morning.

September 7, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Shows Future Vision of Cargo Vans

Mercedes-Benz has developed its Vision Van concept vehicle that looks to the future of delivery by incorporating mobility concepts, robotics, and automation highlighted by a pair of roof-mounted drones.

June 24, 2016

FAA Releases Rule for Small Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration has finalized its first operational rules for the “routine commercial use” of small drones.

March 15, 2016

Commentary: Don't Keep Looking for a Faster Horse

Throughout history, people have conceptualized the technological future only as a fancier version of the present.

February 16, 2016

Commentary: Driving Into the Future

Autonomous vehicles, platooning, 3D printing, drones and more could change the equipment you buy and how you serve customers.

February 11, 2016

Gauging Trucking’s Digital Disruptors

No fewer than five technology-based “disruptors” to freight transportation were identified in a recent survey of carrier/3PL/broker, shipper and trucking supplier executives conducted by Princeton Consulting.

January 5, 2016

Ford Pairs Drone Delivery System With F-150

Ford has developed a drone delivery system that could be deployed from the rear of an F-150 truck that could be used for emergency response or commercial uses in agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection or other surveying work.

December 10, 2015

HorseFly Drone Gets Commercial Waiver from FAA

The HorseFly octocopter works with a modified WorkHorse walk-in electric van, which acts as a mobile base for the aircraft, to deliver packages.

October 16, 2015

FAA Approves Testing of Workhorse Drone Delivery System

Workhorse Group says it has obtained permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its Horsefly delivery drone, an eight-motor, eight-rotor “octocopter” designed to work with a specially equipped E-Gen electric walk-in van.

May 13, 2015

USPS Considering Drone Delivery Vehicle

The Workhorse Group — with its electric truck and a drone delivery system — is among the 15 companies qualified by the U.S. Postal Service as potential suppliers of its next-generation delivery vehicle.

March 20, 2015

Drones And the Future of Package Delivery

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval for Amazon to test drone delivery, but don't expect a drone on your doorstep soon.

February 18, 2015

Electric Truck Maker Developing Drone Deployment System

AMP Electric Vehicles' Workhorse E-Gen Truck features an extended-range electric drive, and a number of forward-thinking features, including a drone delivery system.

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