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UPS tests residential drone delivery

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UPS tested the use of drones for residential delivery for the first time in Tampa, Florida. The company demonstrated an octocopter launching from the roof of a hybrid electric delivery van, making a delivery, then returning to re-dock on the van which had moved to a new location further down the road. Read more: TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. Subscribe to TechCrunch today:
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fhhsvnggbh (15 days ago)
HAHAHAHAHAHA so now the drivere can drop your shit from height rather than throw it around. Good luck. not only that people could simply look up, follow the drone, and guess what, FREE STOLEN AIRMAIL
Art Last (1 month ago)
Part 107, 30 mile, : "Line of sight rule "...???
Drones Brasil (1 month ago) chopp delivery
Super Tank (2 months ago)
dougs out of a job from king of queens
danieldeath (4 months ago)
Why is the nigger driviing the truck ??
Donald Keating (5 months ago)
so if somebody went out with a sheet and ambushed it on delivery so it could be sold on the black market what would happen then?
James Hayward (5 months ago)
So nobody is going to mention the truck veering off the road at 45 seconds in 😂
Tommy Walker (6 months ago)
Oh well, fuck those people's jobs there's a new robot in town and I work for free
Yamma Eden (6 months ago)
while they are at droning deliveries, I only wish UPS can assist me trace my certificate which was posted from boulder Colorado they manhandled my very important documents badly, the recipient said it was squeezed inside the mailbox, not even signed for collection, when it was a registered mail. my birth certificate got missing, for some reason it was posted to Canada but the envelope arrived in a very deplorable condition. they completely roughandled my hard earned degree Certificate, and lost my birth certificate which was to be used in a school admission. their reply was that I need to show them a receipt before they can pay me for my missing document which I feel they think it has no value, but my birth certificate has been with me since my birth and the only thing I use in remembering my roots, now they want to return 20$ to my brother who did the posting, who does that? an original like a birth certificate from my country is irreplaceable, the cost of flying to my birth city alone in West Africa to start the long search is something else I don't need compensation, if they can only take responsibility for their carelessness and try to trace my Birth certificate, I would really be grateful.
Buck Rodgers (16 days ago)
lmao rip
PRO.AKHILESH KUMAR (6 months ago)
So chut
gary greenstein (7 months ago)
put some music on that thing too___ and Amazon and ups use each other
AutomaticSnake (7 months ago)
Retarded technology for retard generation.
T.N.J Tinja (7 months ago)
great another way to take jobs away from people.
Ed Benti (9 months ago)
When the geniuses running the world have succeeded automating 3/4ths of humanity out of work, who will they sell their crap to?
Pazuzu810 (9 months ago)
I like how he tried to make it sound like it was the fault of the reporters that the drone fucked up, and not the fault of the drone itself
Sharon Rose (10 months ago)
I can see people making a sport of shooting at them
Northwind (11 months ago)
*_Needs to be a do-decacopter._* (12 rotors.)
Frank Bart (11 months ago)
This and driverless cars two biggest bullshit things of the future.
saeedo1998 (11 months ago)
Rob M (11 months ago)
for anyone that has had a route job, every minute counts and you are always looking for efficiency. Cintas has a 4 day workweek, it saves millions in gas weekly.. This will work , but only in rural areas. People say, "Why not do this in Manhattan" // well , the driver stays on 1 block all day long in Manhattan , it wouldnt help at all// He might have 200 packages for 1 building. People say " why be soo lazy , run to the front door" .. Well , any insurer would tell you that backing up increases risks for a claim , so ideally , UPS doesnt want their trucks entering driveways at all.. ALL these seemingly small losses add up to millions and millions of dollars beyond what we imagine.
Carol Allen (11 months ago)
Sounds and looks great!  Way to go UPS...wish you well.
normellow (11 months ago)
He said regulations , hmmmmmmm
jdmran (11 months ago)
Try those drones in inner cities. Drones will not be coming back to package cars. Lol
David Durst (11 months ago)
Its cool they are testing this but so far away from prime time. The weight of the package alone is < 5lbs and not much is going to be delivered that way.
Kari Sinkko (11 months ago)
Look, we left it in cos we know we don't live in a perfect world.
bestamerica (11 months ago)
' the R/C drone cannot pick up delivery heavy weight... better use a real worker delivery than R/C drone
bestamerica (11 months ago)
thank... depend on size and weight in the box
Cody's Cinematography (11 months ago)
Some things it will not be able to delivery. However there are still lots of packages that it will be capable of delivering.
Sadtamale (11 months ago)
2:35 if you're here from filthy frank
PineApple Head xD (11 months ago)
I want to die You bet
Island Ryland (11 months ago)
I bet this was filmed with a DJI.
RUFF SACK (11 months ago)
Lol waste of time and money
Jahred Hull (11 months ago)
Filthy Frank brought me here.
emogirl28 (11 months ago)
Plushie Studios (11 months ago)
Hurbii (11 months ago)
aren't these incredibly fucking loud. hopefully this won't be the norm for a while
animeforeverjoho (11 months ago)
but now everyone will know there is a package delivery there.. and how do you dump the package out of the drone? do it just toss the package outside your door? then anyone can steal it.
Cody's Cinematography (11 months ago)
It actually could help with things like the drone could deliver it behind a privacy fence. Currently the delivery can only be left on the porch by the door.
animeforeverjoho (11 months ago)
+Phylicia Stevens ye but if it fly in a crowded place above the houses everyone will see it :p
Phylicia Stevens (11 months ago)
This is a big enough problem as it is WITHOUT the drones.
Jupiter MacWillow (11 months ago)
Works great in the fucking farmland, where less than 15% of the population lives.
advertiva (11 months ago)
Any mitigation plan when its raining all day
Rob M (11 months ago)
im sure they have it waterproof to an extent
Robert Stekeur (11 months ago)
Wait until they have a fly away
Nova Kane (11 months ago)
with only one it seems like a gimmick
Nova Kane (11 months ago)
the should put five drones on it so the truck could go to the center of where the packages need to be delivered and do it all at once
MastaMonkey (11 months ago)
Can you idiots stop supporting this drone shit? Can't you see they are setting up a society where no one will have a fucking job in the future? Wake up. All because the driver is too lazy to get off their ass and go to the front door.
amer shakir (11 months ago)
Damon Shaw there is nothing wrong with saving money. that money they save gets reinvested in the economy.
Damon Shaw (11 months ago)
MastaMonkey it's not a matter of lazy drivers. They work very hard and get compensated well. it's about the company saving money, that they would otherwise pay the driver.
Buck Rodgers (11 months ago)
Nothing stops progress, comrade. *Embrace the Future!* _Honestly, though, we've been advocating for this kind of society for a long time. The less work, the better._
Joeybabbs .BABBS (11 months ago)
UPS is using because Amazon is also going to use drones.. they are designing now.
creative grant (11 months ago)
So the drone has sensors to avoid power lines and other obstacles? The drone has sensors to avoid chopping up humans and animals? Especially the curious ones like dogs that will run to grab them? The drones are cost efficient? I know drone operators that spend $30k on their drones for filming and they can hoist two cameras and stay aloft for 20 minutes. That sounds cost effective to deliver for a fee of $100/delivery. Will the FAA even license a drone to operate sans pilot out of the direct line of sight of the operator? The answer right now is No. Will UPS have to have a Pilot in Control of said drones to be in compliance with FAA rules? Probably. Will they have to have 1500 hours of flight time as a PIC with a commercial license and Medical Clearance Card? Dream on. $30k pays for another truck with a non-CDL driver that can make more delivers.
Damon Shaw (11 months ago)
creative grant plus 75k or more to the driver per year
Icarus FPV (1 year ago)
Thumbs down. UPS is the worst shipping option out there, I do hope they fail, more than they already do..
M Asynaps (1 year ago)
this makes sense for line of sight delivery.. like getting up hills and up stairs.. It can increase efficiency and speed.
Drew's iRacing (1 year ago)
I do appreciate them showing failures and difficulties. They acknowledge that. They just need to train their system and take the time to refine the process and accept difficulties with a protocol to follow during a failure.
Stephen Kramer (1 year ago)
You need to put some god damn shrouds around those fucking blades before you cut a baby's head off.
kiran gurung (1 year ago)
Great copter
Ronnie Cook (1 year ago)
I don't understand how a drone can find the front door? Or is it just gonna drop it somewhere/anywhere on your property?
Buck Rodgers (11 months ago)
ben roche (1 year ago)
id rather have the ups lady take my package.
Robots must take jobs Immediately (10 months ago)
ben roche I rather next the ups drive by its self
KentuckyCat (1 year ago)
this shit will never work. dumbasses would be shooting these out of the sky for fun
msms47 (1 year ago)
lol whats the point of useing drone if the driver gonaa baby sit it ?
Cody's Cinematography (11 months ago)
Hopefully the FAA will remove the "line of sight" regulation and they wont have to worry about it as much. Until they remove that part they cant really fly to far. I think the technology has gotten to the point where you can fly out of line of sight just fine you just need to stay at a altitude that you wont hit objects like trees.
Cosmin (1 year ago)
Less fuel consumption. Plus, this is just a prototype.
RatPatriot (1 year ago)
God, they need to stop this shit. "Drones"? Back in my day, Drones were for killing them brown folks of Israel. ISIS or whomever. Y'all fly one of them fancy shamcy Hollywood Hippie drones over my house I'll give you a .22 buckshot and see how you like those apples. I've got a golden rule, anything that kills em ISIS brownos ain't comin near me or my kids. I once saw one of em "Neoliberals" try and fly their drones over my beautiful 300 pound wife takin a shower and I nearly went nuts. Anyways this video was dumb didn't even see the ISIS destroyer machine deliever the package and now my sons make America great again hat won't get delivered on time. Disliked unsubscribed, 2/10 &&&&$$MAGA$$&&&& Ron Paul 2012 best vine twerk compiliation
Buck Rodgers (11 months ago)
Lmao. I know you're joking - I'd shoot em too but I'm not shelling over 1000+ every time one of those boys come down, no sir.
Dot (1 year ago)
Go suck your dick you gay fucken hill billy
carmineglitch (1 year ago)
Sweet my moms can keep her job another decade or two after that failed attempt
Inquisition31 (1 year ago)
Dear UPS. You guys were supposed to send me a package during christmas, december 27th was the arrival date. I waited patiently for a month AFTER for it to arrive, then I started trying to figure out what happened to it. I found out a week ago you guys returned it to the sender completely smashed to bits. Thanks UPS!
Salvador Edo (1 year ago)
Such an ugly drone... obviously not designed by engineers....
Buck Rodgers (11 months ago)
I doubt you could do better
Aji Machining LLC (1 year ago)
That was a flight controller issue. the left rear motor did not spin up correctly when it was armed. You can see it in the video. it is spinning slower than the front one and did not provide the lift equal to the front motor. This had nothing to do with interference. The motor calibration was wrong or there is a defective flight controller on the drone.
Daniel Roig (1 year ago)
At least if the package drops from 300 feet it will not be as damaged as the packages that arrive currently with the regular drivers. They have that going for them.
Andrew Cook (1 year ago)
Okay seriously, who added the clacking metal ball sound to the music?
John Doe (1 year ago)
Andrew Cook you mean the chimes?
Kevin Frankenberger (1 year ago)
1:19 - Does that really say VIP of Engineering, UPS? I'm guessing it's a typo or does UPS really have VIP in their titles?
Arbiter667 (1 year ago)
Kevin Frankenberger I'd assume it says VP as in vice president
Oblique84 (1 year ago)
hahaha @2:43 The engineers going crazy before the drone get's crushed.
50k RGMRB 2026 (1 year ago)
Oblique84 I'm guessing the horsefly got in the way LMAO 😂 😂 😂 😂
Dew Shbag (1 year ago)
I still think driving is faster than that stupid drone
truckboattruck84 (7 months ago)
Marley robertson the truck in the vid was electric so your already saving on gas and emissions
Marley robertson (11 months ago)
Well when possible, the drone makes a delivery will the truck makes another one close by. It was more about saving on gas/emissions and wear and tear on the truck. Not really about speeding it all up, as far as I could gather from other interviews about it all. Yes, probably in a lot of cases it just works out to be the same time delivery wise.
Sourabh Samal (1 year ago)
Why do companies always show delivery drones flying in country side ? Why no one shows a tes flight in cities like chicago or new york ?
Terrance Jones (1 year ago)
There's one by Domino's in Greece, you can search for Domino's Drone Delivery..
Sourabh Samal (1 year ago)
Quinn V At least they can select a small city block and test one or multiple deliveries while monitoring at rooftops or constant watch by people
Quinn V (1 year ago)
Line of sight is the rule right now, open air visibility isn't very far in cities with tall buildings and risk factor while in testing phase.
revisionfour (1 year ago)
They're doing this because they're fighting for their survival against Amazon. The sad part is that ultimately this will most likely be a futile attempt and Amazon will eat their lunch. Make no mistake, UPS is in danger.
Rata 4U (4 months ago)
revisionfour Amazon will be owned by the Chinese in the near some shares now.
name (8 months ago)
i don't think so
S.K.P. (9 months ago)
No danger at all. From UPS dude.
revisionfour (11 months ago)
TheRaellz Also, I should even say this but you can expect within the next 2 years to be able to use Amazon to deliver packages. So yes, it is a competitor with UPS and within 2 years the public will see it as a direct competitor. Amazon wants everybody to sell on Amazon. They also want everybody to deliver with Amazon. It's on its way.
revisionfour (11 months ago)
TheRaellz I apologise, I should of elaborated more. So Amazon has their own trucking delivery fleet. In addition to that they are probably the world leader in drone delivery R&D and are in the lead there, that is yet to be rolled out in mass. When I used the word fleet, I was referring to their trucking and automobile fleet. Their drone division and other autonomous and non human needed systems are just more nails in the coffin of UPS.