Drone drops packages straight into your hands, with authentication using codes flashed from your phone’s LED (Drone/Courier - 2017-10 - The Verge)

UK/US technology research company, Cambridge Consultants, has unveiled a drone delivery concept that delivers a package directly into someone’s hands, using coded patterns sent via a phone’s LED flash to identify the recipient. DelivAir is ideal for items that are needed instantly or critically. The 3-stage package delivery involves using GPS to locate a person via their smartphone; then switching to optical tracking and a 3D-imaging and ranging system to locate and authenticate the recipient; finally, lowering the package using a stabilizing winch.

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The world's first fully autonomous drone delivery service launched in Iceland (Drone/Courier - 2017-08 - TechRepublic)

The world’s first fully autonomous drone delivery service launched in Reykjavik, Iceland this week, with online marketplace AHA partnering with drone company Flytrex to deliver food and products on demand across the capital city. Delivery could take up to 25 minutes, while the drones can reduce this to 4 minutes, with a 60% reduction in delivery cost.

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Hybrid gas/electric drones can carry 20 lbs for 100 miles (Drone/Courier - 2017-08 - Science Blog)

MIT initiated development of commercialized hybrid gas-to-electric drones, providing an order-of-magnitude increase in range, payload size, and power over battery-powered counterparts. Available in fall 2017, Top Flight Technologies’ drones can fly for more than 2.5 hours ­— enabling ranges of up to 100 miles — while carrying up to 20 pounds. They’re developing a 100-kilowatt hybrid drone that can lift 100 kilograms for up to three hours.

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Amazon’s vision for the future: Delivery drone beehives in every city (Drone/Courier - 2017-06 - The Verge)

Amazon has filed a patent application detailing a multi-level building in a city centre with drones being loaded manually and flying to their destinations from high floors. Nois may be reduced by new drone blade design, and drones may have redundant engines.

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Domino's autonomous vehicle pizza delivery now operational in Germany (Robotics/Courier - 2017-05 - ZDNet)

Domino’s autonomous delivery vehicles are now delivering pizzas to customers in Hamburg, Germany – complementing existing delivery methods (cars, scooters, e-bikes). The 6-wheeled robots travel on streets (via the shortest route to a destination) at speeds up to 16 kph. Domino’s Robotics Unit family now includes AI-based systems for voice response to orders, to interact with smart devices, and to automate rosters, and manage store stock levels.

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Delivery robots will operate within 50 miles and in all weathers (Robotics/Courier - 2017-05 - The Crunch)

Swiss startup, Teleretail AG, has machines, still in prototype, designed to cover long distances, up to 50 miles, and to serve rural and suburban markets along with city residents.

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Boeing's modular drones can lift anything (Drone/Courier - 2017-05 -

Boeing has developed a universal lift vehicle that can be quickly reconfigured based on the size and the weight of the payload. If the weight of a payload is less, then a single drone is used to transfer the payload. If a payload is heavier, then multiple drones are connected together to build a lift vehicle that can carry the heavy payload. A patent application has been filed.

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Deliveries may soon be made by robotic 'dogs' (Robotics/Courier - 2017-04 - Wired)

Boston Dynamics’ robotic dog, Spot, has been delivering parcels strapped to its back to employees’ front doors. Trials are about 70% complete. In November, a rolling bot made by London-based Starship Technologies was used by Just Eat to complete what it claimed to be the world’s first takeaway food delivery by the robot.

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UPS Saturday delivery adds 6,000 Jobs (General/Courier - 2017-04 - CNN Money)

With online sales booming, UPS joins FedEx and the United States Postal Service in offering Saturday delivery. It will include 5,800 locations by the end of 2018, adding 6,000 jobs.

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Land Rover has created a special Discovery with a roof-mounted drone (Drone/Courier - 2017-03 - The Verge)

Land Rover has created an unusual version of its Discovery, featuring a quadcopter drone that launches from the top of the SUV. The drone can take off and lands while the vehicle is moving. It is designed primarily for search and rescue missions. The Austrian Red Cross is actively deploying the new Land Rover “Project Hero” vehicles, and trialing the drone.

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UPS is testing drones that allow its delivery trucks to be in two places at once (Drone/Courier - 2017-02 - Quartz)

UPS announced today that it has successfully delivered a package in Florida using an autonomous drone that launched from the roof of one of its delivery trucks. The process is: The driver scans a package, puts it in a retractable cage that sits below the drone, and then plugs in a destination on a tablet near the driver’s seat. The roof of the truck then retracts, and the drone flies off to its destination. Once there, it lands, opens its cage, drops off the package, and sets back out to meet the driver as they continue along their route.

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6-wheeled robots delivering food (Robotics/Courier - 2017-01 - Popular Science)

Starship Technologies have built a fleet of 6-wheeled delivery robots, scheduled to start deliveries in D.C. and California in February (accompanied initially by an employee). They have been tested in the U.K., Germany, and Switzerland, delivering food orders, groceries, and parcels, traveling over 12,000 miles. They have 9 cameras, a 360-degree ultrasonic sensor array, and a Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, to map the environment, but can only travel at 4 mph.

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Domino’s delivers world’s first ever pizza by drone (Drone/Courier - 2016-11 - CNBC)

Domino’s claimed the world’s first unmanned drone pizza delivery on Nov 16th in New Zealand, delivering two pizzas to a customer at Whangaparaoa, just north of Auckland. Domino’s said that drones were set to become an essential part of pizza deliveries, and is considering trials in Australia, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Japan, and Germany.

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7-Eleven just made the first FAA-approved commercial delivery by drone (Drone/Courier - 2016-07 - The Verge)

Drone startup Flirtey partnered with convenience store chain 7-Eleven to make the first commercial delivery to a private residence in Reno, Nevada on July 11. Flirtey flew an autonomous drone a mile from a 7-Eleven location. The order was packaged into two containers, each flown separately, and lowered to the ground to be retrieved by the homeowners.

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Domino's Australia unveiled DRU — the world's first commercial autonomous delivery vehicle (Robotics/Courier - 2016-03 - Lifehacker)

Domino’s Australia unveiled DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) — the world’s first commercial autonomous delivery vehicle that can do everything from navigating fences to talk to customers, and was built in collaboration with Marathon Robotics; an Australian technology startup that specializes in robotic targets for live-fire army training. The DRU is fully autonomous at 20 kph, and will initially be limited to neighborhood deliveries.

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