The government has approved food delivery via drones in Shanghai, China.
Alibaba-owned Ele.me has just been given the green light to deliver food by drone.
The government has approved 17 routes in Shanghai’s Jinshan Industrial Park. This covers about 22.4 miles area of the park.
A report from The South China Morning Post says that the drones will be operating from two fixed locations for each route. This means restaurants around the area won’t have to spend on fuel and manpower in going to customer’s houses the whole way. According to Ele.me, humans would only need to cover about 15 percent of its usual routes.
One delivery staff can bring the orders to the start point and place them into the cargo hold of the drone. Another staff at the delivery point will pick up and deliver the meals to the customer’s houses.
Doing it this way will substantially reduce their operating costs, compared with regular road deliveries.
This will also cut the delivery time. Customers can expect to get their deliveries within 20 minutes after they order. Ele.me serves 100 different restaurants who are operating within Jinshan Industrial Park.
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Drones can now track down objects moving at high speed like cars. This is possible with Skydio’s crazy cool self-flying drones.
Although it may not move very fast, as in car racing “fast”, at 25 MPH top speed, it can follow and track cars moving in challenging terrains that would be impossible to film. This kind of scenario was previously done by very skilled drone pilots.
The Usefulness Of The Drones Following And Tracking Cars
Skydio’s self-flying drones are very useful in several ways. This is most useful in filming movies with car chases and the like. Its being useful in the film industry is one way of improving film production through innovation. With Skydio R1, cinematography becomes a software defined experience.
Another use for the Skydio R1 is for solving crimes. The police and other law enforcement organizations can use the drones to follow and track down vehicles used in crimes. Drones may be discreet observers. It may also be used for monitoring and surveillance.
The Mesmerizing Skydio R1
The Skydio R1 is a mesmerizing, super-expensive self-flying drone. The idea of a robot tracking and hunting you down is not the best concept. A metal-bodied thing following you and zooming down on you with all its thirteen eyes fixed upon you is not the best experience.
The drone does not mean you harm though. It just wants to keep track of your movements and make sure that it captures every moment of it.
How Special Is The Skydio R1
With consideration to its price of $2,499, it is quite special. But aside from that, seriously speaking, what makes it really special is its ability to fly without a pilot. This is precisely the reason why it is called a “self-flying” drone.
The drone uses 12 of its 13 onboard cameras (or its “eyes”) to rapidly map the environment around it. It senses obstacles and people as it plans and readjusts its flight paths quickly. This means you can launch the drone and do whatever you want to do and the drone will do its thing.
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DJI announced the launch of two new products – a thermal-imaging sensor for its drones and a new development kit in an event earlier this week.
The Chinese manufacturer just announced two new products that would give them a firmer footing on the consumer market.
The Zenmuse XT2 is the company’s thermal-imaging sensor camera. It is built in partnership with Flir and includes two imaging devices. The first one is a typical 4K camera for capturing videos and images. The other one has a radiometric thermal imager that allows it to effectively see heat.
This new camera could be very useful for its commercial applications. With both cameras simultaneously working, a drone operator can actually see what’s in front of the drone as well as the thermal radiation it’s throwing off. Nighttime search-and-rescue missions would be a good application for this drone setup. Emergency responders would also find this useful in assessing buildings that may have people trapped inside.
DJI also launched their Payload Software Development kit. The PSKD allows third-party companies to integrate their technology directly to the Matrice 200 series. This kit turns their commercial drones into an open platform for their customers to customise through the adapter they call “Skyport”.
The Skyport provides the drone’s gimbal, power supply, and DJI’s APIs. This allows sensors and devices to hook up directly without the need for cables and batteries. The adapter also delivers power and transports data from any compatible device. This is good news since the drone woudn’t have to land to manually offload data.
Pricing for both products should be available next month.
With thousands of drones given as holiday gifts this year, thousands more untested operators are about to launch their gifts into the sky, creating a mass safety risk of unknown proportions, according to Darrell Slaughter, Director of Business Development at Phoenix, Arizona-based Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU)
“Sales of the unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs are at record-setting levels,” Slaughter said today, “and most of these UAVs are being sold to people unfamiliar with aviation rules and regulations. We, the administrators at Unmanned Vehicle University, want new drone operators to know that numerous hours of ground school training and practice are needed in order to operate and fly drones safely and efficiently.”
The fact is that thousands of brand new drones with long flight time will soon be flown by fledgling operators for the first time and that should be a major safety concern for everyone, Slaughter emphasized. “The drone industry cannot afford any mishaps at any time, especially at this stage in the industry’s life cycle,” Slaughter added. “People must realize that many of the UAVs being given as gifts this year are not toys. Many are capable of causing serious injury and damage to property. People will get hurt if these potentially dangerous devices are operated in an unsafe manner.” Ft Lauderdale lawyer for injuries Wolf & Pravato says, “We don’t have the proper insurances set up for drone-based damages, who knows how the government will class these events, for now if you hear a drone, best stay clear.
According to Slaughter, drone owners must obtain proper training in order to safely fly these devices and avoid costly lawsuits, injuries, and damage awards. “And let’s not forget the cost associated with crashing your new plaything. Drones range in price from $39.95 to several hundred thousand dollars. Your average home variety is in the $300.00 – $2000.00 range.”
Slaughter warned that the FAA is fully engaged during this holiday season because they understand that airline passenger safety cannot be jeopardized as it develops the rules and regulations that provide guidance to drone operators for years to come. The FAA, working with three drone industry groups, introduced a website entitled “Know Before you Fly” with information for drone pilots. It can be found at: http://www.knowbeforeyoufly.org/
The current Parkersburg WV Car Accident Lawyers policy requires private drone users to keep the craft below 400 feet and within their sight. Only 11 companies have been granted FAA-permission to fly drones for commercial purposes. A proposed rule to broaden commercial flights is expected by the end of 2017. Slaughter strongly urged new UAV owners not to attempt to fly these potentially dangerous machines without proper training.
Gene Payson, Director of Flight Training at UVU added, “High priority must be placed on avoiding causing injury to others. Do not fly near airports or people. This is very dangerous should there be a loss of control of the aircraft from a variety of causes. Even the best pilots experience mechanical failures. Don’t be the person in the news!”