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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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Spacely (2 days ago)
But they still will blame the Mexicans for stealing their jobs
Larry Janson (3 days ago)
can you say fail it would die the first day around here. power lines and trees. then some would love the target practice.
Gemster18 (23 days ago)
I want to see this work in a big city like New York, Chicago Dallas, or even Los Angeles, I could see people taking these things out of the sky with bats as they land I don't think it's such a good idea in heavily populated areas for safety reasons as well
Anthony Robertson (1 month ago)
This was news one to two years ago. Amazon was testing this also, but seems this has gone nowhere. Range of drones are pretty limited with charge times kind of long. I'd say this idea has been pretty much abandoned for now. You would need large improvements in battery time to get better range before this becomes even somewhat practical.
KuBurd1 (1 month ago)
Honestly I would build a tiny UPS storage like a small storage at a cub food or target building that numerous drones can fly out from to make deliveries and hire 1 person to take care of that unit/repairs and also serve who ever comes and shop there for produce or whatever and wants to pick up there package right away. Thats the most cost savings way that will also beat out the competition. Smaller fleet less human workers..... more money in there pockets. UPS delivery trucks will drop off to one location in smaller towns and multiple in bigger cities, instead of every damn house which blows gas and waste money on hiring more laborers. I will take a 1% royalty fee for whoever takes this idea.
Dee Pee (1 month ago)
Bruh i lived in the cherry woods. Even the cops bought a drone and decided not to fly it around the already KNOW what would happen to a police drone let alone a delivery free shipping free gift plus a free drone lol.
China Superpower (2 months ago)
You could launch the drone from the rooftop of a post office. AI can pilot it. You don't need any truck. You don't need any driver either.
john richardson (3 months ago)
I'm a professional drone operator and builder of drones and this is all bollocks. 1/The most advanced battery technology at the moment only allows approx a 10-12 minute flight time each way at a maximum flight speed of about 30-35 mph assuming its dead calm and no wind speed, with a load/package this equates to about 4-5 miles maximum each way...and this is really pushing it, add 10mph wind and you could half that. I bet 80% of the time you have at least 10 mph winds and another 50% higher winds than that. so if you average the wind speed out on an average day the maximum flight distance each way is no more than a couple of miles! THE TRUCK MAY AS WELL DELIVER THE PARCEL ITSELF. With the most advanced battery technology available at the moment it takes an hour to charge them unless the ups van is carrying as many spare batteries as parcels this is ridiculous. In the USA at least where gun control is almost none existent people will just shoot them out the sky...i bet it will become the next biggest gun sport. These size drones will cost approx 10k to build and if enough of them are shot out the sky it will cost too much to operate, additionally i know how many flights you will get out of each battery before its ready for the bin so add battery cost to the cost of the drone build and running the service and you'll end up with a delivery costing $50 plus...and who's going to pay that? Current obstacle avoidance technology wont be fast enough to detect bird strikes so there's more drones falling out the sky. i can buy on Ebay a cheap jammer that could also down the drone, all these points above would all make way for a black market in cheap advanced commercial drone electronics for sale. I could go on and on with technical reasons why it wont work but i'm off to bed and cant be bothered....peace.
BluntForceTrauma666 (5 months ago)
All that talk about safety, and planning and this and that - _"Don't worry, we've thought of everything"_ yet someone STILL overlooked installing even the most BASIC form of "presence detection" for the drone's launch platform and the aircraft was nearly crushed by that sliding hatch. I highly doubt that was the only oversight. One serious injury or some heavy property damage (drone crash + lipo fire on a roof) and that will spell the END of the "drone delivery" glory days for a long time...
sully o (6 months ago)
Just to point out....This black man has yellow teeth...very rare....very rare
RealmOfWonders (8 months ago)
Do they have drones able to carry a tv without damaging it yet?
boots fpv (9 months ago)
How is the driver going to know its hacked when they are delivering another package
boots fpv (9 months ago)
Whos watching it and controlling it autonomous is not a good idea
fhhsvnggbh (10 months 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 (11 months ago)
Part 107, 30 mile, : "Line of sight rule "...???
Drones Brasil (11 months ago) chopp delivery
lloyd richards (11 months ago)
dougs out of a job from king of queens
Donald Keating (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
So nobody is going to mention the truck veering off the road at 45 seconds in 😂
Tommy Walker (1 year ago)
Oh well, fuck those people's jobs there's a new robot in town and I work for free
Yamma Eden (1 year 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 (10 months ago)
lmao rip
So chut
gary greenstein (1 year ago)
put some music on that thing too___ and Amazon and ups use each other
AutomaticSnake (1 year ago)
Retarded technology for retard generation.
T.N.J Tinja (1 year ago)
great another way to take jobs away from people.
Ed Benti (1 year ago)
When the geniuses running the world have succeeded automating 3/4ths of humanity out of work, who will they sell their crap to?
Luciano Luggren (4 months ago)
Richmond Hahaha, yes, sure.
Richmond (7 months ago)
Then there will be universal basic income
Pazuzu810 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
I can see people making a sport of shooting at them
Northwind (1 year ago)
*_Needs to be a do-decacopter._* (12 rotors.)
Frank Bart (1 year ago)
This and driverless cars two biggest bullshit things of the future.
saeedo1998 (1 year ago)
Rob M (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Sounds and looks great!  Way to go UPS...wish you well.
normellow (1 year ago)
He said regulations , hmmmmmmm
jdmran (1 year ago)
Try those drones in inner cities. Drones will not be coming back to package cars. Lol
David Durst (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Look, we left it in cos we know we don't live in a perfect world.
bestamerica (1 year ago)
' the R/C drone cannot pick up delivery heavy weight... better use a real worker delivery than R/C drone
bestamerica (1 year ago)
thank... depend on size and weight in the box
Cody's Cinematography (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
2:35 if you're here from filthy frank
toilet. papel (1 year ago)
I want to die You bet
Island Ryland (1 year ago)
I bet this was filmed with a DJI.
RUFF SACK (1 year ago)
Lol waste of time and money
Jahred Hull (1 year ago)
Filthy Frank brought me here.
Kevin (8 months ago)
Those drones
emogirl28 (1 year ago)
Donald Trump (1 year ago)
Hurbii (1 year ago)
aren't these incredibly fucking loud. hopefully this won't be the norm for a while
animeforeverjoho (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
+Phylicia Stevens ye but if it fly in a crowded place above the houses everyone will see it :p
Phylicia Stevens (1 year ago)
This is a big enough problem as it is WITHOUT the drones.
Jupiter MacWillow (1 year ago)
Works great in the fucking farmland, where less than 15% of the population lives.
advertiva (1 year ago)
Any mitigation plan when its raining all day
Rob M (1 year ago)
im sure they have it waterproof to an extent
Robert Stekeur (1 year ago)
Wait until they have a fly away
sully o (6 months ago)
Nova Kane (1 year ago)
with only one it seems like a gimmick
Nova Kane (1 year 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
Alan _ (1 year ago)
United Package Smashers - How to take 30 minutes to (hopefully) deliver a package that could have taken the lazy driver 30 seconds to walk up to the door. - Brilliant
Dee Pee (1 month ago)
Im laughing cuz u called united package smashers lmao
MastaMonkey (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Damon Shaw there is nothing wrong with saving money. that money they save gets reinvested in the economy.
Damon Shaw (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
UPS is using because Amazon is also going to use drones.. they are designing now.
Sachi In Wisconsin (1 year ago)
I will be impressed when I can order something on Amazon and select deliver NOW and have it within 4 hours at my door. It's coming
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
Tom Foolery (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?
sully o (6 months ago)
its a small beacon...and its sexy...How do u think Kilos of powder get in now? There is also a safety net to catch merch at high speed
Buck Rodgers (1 year ago)
ben roche (1 year ago)
id rather have the ups lady take my package.
Robots must take jobs Immediately (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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.
carmineglitch (1 year ago)
Sweet my moms can keep her job another decade or two after that failed attempt
Devon Taylor (4 months ago)
LOl i busted out laughing when that drone got caught in the launch pad. LOL sounds like they got quite a bit of refinement to do.
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 (1 year 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?
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.
50ksavage Good Savage (1 year ago)
Oblique84 I'm guessing the horsefly got in the way LMAO 😂 😂 😂 😂
ransom (1 year ago)
I still think driving is faster than that stupid drone
Clorox Bleach (9 days ago)
nigga that drone go ZOOM ZOOM it go fast as shit
truckboattruck84 (1 year ago)
Marley robertson the truck in the vid was electric so your already saving on gas and emissions
Marley robertson (1 year 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.
Gray Man (4 months ago)
UPS is in no danger, contrary they keep breaking previous records. Amazon doesn't have the infrastructure to provide the delivery services UPS has
krizpal1083 (5 months ago)
Ups is not in danger.... never ending work for UPS Amazon USPS FedEx....
Rata 4U (1 year ago)
revisionfour Amazon will be owned by the Chinese in the near some shares now.
S.K.P. (1 year ago)
No danger at all. From UPS dude.
revisionfour (1 year 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.