UPS Using Drones to Deliver Medical Samples

by Emily Folk

The commercial use of drones is no longer such a novel concept. In recent years, several industries have adopted drone technology for a diverse variety of applications. To provide just one example, real estate professionals use them for aerial photography and videos, allowing for an extensive view of a property.

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JTT Industrial Drone is Guarding the Coast of Australia, Protecting People From Shark Attacks

industrial drone, life-saving drone

SHENZHEN, China, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Technology development is the most important force driving mankind forward. As great high-tech innovations are changing people’s lives, the drone industry is booming than ever before. Among them, JTT UAV is a dark horse that the drone industry should not ignore. Continue reading

Watch Out Amazon And Google, Walmart Could Have A Drone Delivery System In The Works

Walmart has been granted a patent for a drone delivery system as it looks to lock horns with Google and Amazon. The patent filing states that drones will be used for in-store product delivery in Walmart’s various outlets.  ( Andreas Rentz | Getty Images )


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Swiss Post to start delivering with drones this summer

Swiss post has said it will deliver the first packages by air this summer. The first deliveries will be made between two medical laboratories on the southern side of the Alps.

Swiss Post drone

Test flights were conducted in the canton of Bern last year. Now Swiss Post is ready to make commercial deliveries starting in Lugano.

The two medical labs, one kilometre apart, belong to the Ospedale Italiano and the Ospedale Civico. The goal is to transport medical test samples as fast as possible.

The operation still requires a final green light from Switzerland’s federal civil aviation authority, which will conduct its own tests in late March, weather permitting.

The company expects to run daily drone flights between hospitals from 2018.


Amazon patents idea of delivery drones with robotic wings and legs to help it land

Amazon has been awarded two patents in which it outlines propellers with robotic adjustable wingtips and legs that act as landing gears to help drones touch down on uneven surfaces.

The e-commerce giant’s latest idea describes an “adjustable landing-gear extension” that can be extended or contracted. Amazon says “distance determining elements” would be able to judge how far the drone is from the ground. Sensors on the landing arm would be able to detect contact with the ground and adjust so that the drone is horizontal and not tilted.

This technology could be key if drones deliver fragile packages on tough terrain.

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Amazon’s new drone delivery plan includes package parachutes

Amazon’s latest patent filing just dropped

Amazon parachute patent

Up, up and away: Passenger-carrying drone to fly in Dubai


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July.

The arrival of the Chinese-made EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel — comes as the Emirati city also has partnered with other cutting-edge technology companies, including Hyperloop One.

The question is whether the egg-shaped, four-legged craft will really take off as a transportation alternative in this car-clogged city already home to the world’s longest driverless metro line. Continue reading

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