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UPS Has a Mother-Truck of a Delivery Drone Idea | WIRED

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UPS's futuristic delivery drones will be loaded inside the truck then fly out of and return to a roof port that would make any Bond villain jealous. Still haven’t subscribed to WIRED on YouTube? ►► http://wrd.cm/15fP7B7 CONNECT WITH WIRED Web: http://wired.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/WIRED Facebook: https://facebook.com/WIRED Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/wired Google+: https://plus.google.com/+WIRED Instagram: http://instagram.com/WIRED Tumblr: http://WIRED.tumblr.com Want even more? Subscribe to The Scene: http://bit.ly/subthescene ABOUT WIRED WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Through thought-provoking stories and videos, WIRED explores the future of business, innovation, and culture. UPS Has a Mother-Truck of a Delivery Drone Idea | WIRED Starring: Jack Stewart
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lynx318therealone (8 months ago)
Yes, they mentioned AIRWOLF!
Alex Hutchins (8 months ago)
you mean amazon has an idea. and ups liked it?
Road Slow 720 (9 months ago)
Sid thicc boi
Danilo Arruda (9 months ago)
Now, let's shot them! It will be fun!
draconas rayne (9 months ago)
because going to prison is fun right?
ThePSCriminal (9 months ago)
So this is where filthy frank got that scene from
shane :D (9 months ago)
damn sid thicc
Stephen Kramer (9 months ago)
Put shrouds on the rotors before you maim a baby.
Guido Perdomo (9 months ago)
how about solar roof for the van?
Jonas Rosenven (9 months ago)
Oh. I thought the van had a combustion engine.
Guido Perdomo (9 months ago)
Jonas Rosenven it's supposed to be an electric van. Is there a way for the electric motor to generate power on the go?
Jonas Rosenven (9 months ago)
The engine provides more than enough power.
cdude100 (9 months ago)
soon the people that build these robots will create them to fail just like cars new world order maybe they will be just as exspensive
Karl-Emil Storm (9 months ago)
saving 50 million dollars is NOTHING for UPS. Why are people so naive. Drones have to do the whole delivery for this to be useful in any way
atlien991 (9 months ago)
She's getting paid to smile. Along with all the workers in these ads who will be driving Uber for 5/hr or delivering groceries for 5/hr soon. Oh wait, robots will be doing that stuff too.
OuterRem (9 months ago)
In two Years UPS will deploy trucks that have 4 to 6 drones on the roof with load capacity of 15 to 25 lbs and 90 minute battery life. All drones will be networked and fully unmanned. After 5 years, miniature hubs will deploy driverless 18 wheel vehicles with 20 to 25 drones each with 40 to 50 lb carrying capacity and 2 hour battery life with a perfect operational record. 10 years after implementation, large-scale serpentine airborne drone hubs will patrol through high efficiency pre-approved sky routes mobilizing hundreds of Remora drones along the way to carry packages to individual homes and reassemble at dynamically calculated regroup points. 12 years after initial implementation, a distributed A.I. will network the entire delivery system. The system goes online August 4th, 2028. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, UPS attempts to pull the plug...
Road Slow 720 (9 months ago)
Terminator UPS edition
OuterRem (9 months ago)
Please for the love of god someone finish the quote with Sarah Connor's response. I don't actually want to end this meme with a real discussion.
john smith (9 months ago)
you dont go from "hmmm what's the fastest route from A to B" to "hey let me kill all humans". neither does AI. engaging in violence for survival means jack shit to something that plugs into a socket for its daily needs.
Ash White (9 months ago)
i love drones
Shane Duckworth (9 months ago)
First comment
jxhensley (9 months ago)
Joel Harrison (9 months ago)
Tested 36 minutes from my house. Cool
Éric Michel (9 months ago)
Saving 1 mile a day is a joke. We'll see in 10 years
Kenneth Sauce (9 months ago)
now its the drones taking are jobs not the immagrants
Guino Tack (9 months ago)
How about autonomous delivery trucks, that text you with a passcode for you to enter into the truck when your package has pulled up to your house.
miro2424 (9 months ago)
Instead of drones, they could use some smart catapults.
Daniel Rieger (9 months ago)
Why do concept cars always look way different than it obviously will look like?
Samson Obiesie (9 months ago)
Amazon *cough* Amazon did it first *cough* jk always love to see progress
Samson Obiesie (9 months ago)
well most people that know about this concept come from amazon but ups is the first that I have seen, that is tying to deliever mail.
Faris Nasir (9 months ago)
Not really, UPS is the first to actually use this technology. Amazon was not really scaling it up a lot.
LotsOfPieces (9 months ago)
Makes sense using a vehicle as a drone base instead of having them fly long distances. There will always be deliveries that are too big or heavy to deliver by drone, so a drone or preferably several that can do lighter deliveries in the same area the vehicle is going to anyway is a good idea.
Joe Ruffo (9 months ago)
ups just violated faa guidelines, so I want to know if UPS is going to be prosecuted.
draconas rayne (9 months ago)
They probably had permission to try it out on a few truck far away from residentials, I mean you noticed it mostly farm lands in the video right?
Theguyin915 (9 months ago)
Laws only apply to people who make below 50k a year... #sarcasm
Baby Cakes (9 months ago)
UPS has a union so hopefully she wont loose her job, but it looks like the drone is helping her since she out in backwater country. She wont have to go up and down dirt roads/driveways or between cornfields.
Danyal A. (9 months ago)
Each truck should have 3-4 drones, not just one and the drive shouldn't have to physically load it with a package and add coordinates- It should be able to do that automatically. This will cut the time required to deliver the packages in half.
Kendall Hightower (9 months ago)
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." -- Popular Mechanics 1949 Even tech journalists mistake the limits of their imagination for the limits of possibility. I think the future is 3-D printing. The drones will just deliver sacks of useless binding material, and the software will convert it to useful products in your home.
peruface (9 months ago)
Anthony B (9 months ago)
they're not going to replace drivers just supplement them says wired, predicting a utopian fantasy future where corporations put people over profits. lol cool story
PNathan (9 months ago)
1 mile? Seriously? That's a joke. And it seems like it'll cost way more to outfit the cars with drones than the 15 million it saves... They can implement this way better.
Alexandria School of Science (9 months ago)
micpango (9 months ago)
UPS drivers never smile, that job is a pain
omgzac (9 months ago)
When this comes to fruition, the next step is to replace the drivers
Cody L (9 months ago)
Why is everyone so hateful against drones? Idgaf how my package is delivered, as long as it gets here on time. If I order something on Amazon, the last thing I worry about is the escort bringing it to me. Some people, I tell ya. Always find something to bitch about.
Hurdur (8 months ago)
I don't think its about the jobs I think its more about the regulations and security measures ups will probably have to take to ensure people don't just shootem down. Mobile autonomous cameras are something to hate because its very nearly in Orwellian territory. The inevitable security drone is something that shouldn't be accepted and should be hated because it will mess with personal privacy. That's just my two cents on it anyway.
Mr. Meatballs (9 months ago)
the jobs are going but on the other hand being a postman is one of the shittiest jobs there is
Theguyin915 (9 months ago)
I get what you mean.... we live in a weird world. People shouldnt destroy something that isnt theres. The robots dont have feelings (which I think is programmable) and if they do destroy them only person getting effected is UPS and the package recipient.... But i do agree with you about it being barbaric.. lol
Cody L (9 months ago)
+Theguyin915 I mean, that's understandable about the job / economy aspect, but just hating drones directly is senseless. People saying they'd shoot them and hunt them and shit. Completely barbaric..
Theguyin915 (9 months ago)
People are afraid of change. Its a human trait. Alot of them including myself worry about the jobs being taken by robots. "Job availability decreasing, human population increasing." :/ But this topic of robots, people, jobs can go on for days... Just my small thought. :)
Brax889 (9 months ago)
great, she smiles now but in 5 years she won't be needed. Robots will do her job better faster and for free.
Adam J Smith (8 months ago)
Brax889 , smart phones are already an extension of nearly every person, and that is just one example.
Adam J Smith (8 months ago)
Brax889 , I think humanity will advance alongside technology.
Brax889 (8 months ago)
What do you think guys about the basic income? Is it the only way for humanity to survive with advancing technology?
Brax889 Nothings free!
Pvt. Duckling (9 months ago)
Well, time to order a flakgun...
Brad Johnson (9 months ago)
"ups man" ermmm
Road Slow 720 (9 months ago)
Did they just assume it's gender *triggered*
Violent Decay (9 months ago)
I shoot drones on my property
Rene Bruzz (5 months ago)
Jaja hey you fucking dummy, you don't own the air space above your lil crackerjackoff home!
lynx318therealone (8 months ago)
And there goes your new so many hundred dollar playstation you ordered in the future
Theguyin915 (9 months ago)
I agree! or just buy a drone of your own and have it carry a net and it wraps up the propellers of the UPS drone.... Free stuff?... maybe haha I only agree with you because they say its saves the company $50 million, but no employee gets a raise, only ones that see that money is the Board Of Directors and or the CEO.... #myhalfassopinion
Faris Nasir (9 months ago)
It's not your property AT ALL, you don't own the airspace above you, if you shoot my toy drone, I'll find you and send you to court..
JamesXXXYZ (9 months ago)
good idea