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Delivery Drones | DHL steals UPS thunder

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Another day another #deliverydrone.This time, real world point to point deliveries in European weather. Last week UPS announced a partnership with Zipline to trial medical delivery flights in Rwanda. DHL are already out there doing it with their Parcelcopter tilt-rotor VTOL system. DHL Parcel has successfully concluded a three-month test of its third Parcelcopter generation. The trial run, part of a larger research and innovation project, was conducted between January and March 2016 in the Bavarian community of Reit im Winkl. It represents the first time worldwide that a parcel service provider has directly integrated a parcelcopter logistically into its delivery chain. Private customers in Reit im Winkl and up on the Winklmoosalm plateau were invited to test out the specially developed Packstations, dubbed the Parcelcopter Skyport. During the three month trial period, they could simply insert their shipments into the Skyport to initiate automated shipment and delivery per Parcelcopter. A total of 130 autonomous loading and offloading cycles were ultimately performed. As part of the trial, the technically upgraded vehicle was able to deal with heavier loads, longer distances and delivery to an alpine region notable for its geographical and meteorological challenges. The first task was to master the rapidly changing weather conditions and severe temperature fluctuation in the test area. With that achieved, the DHL Parcelcopter then performed a series of flawless flights. Each round trip from valley to plateau at roughly 1,200 meters above sea level covered eight kilometers of flight. The drone’s cargo was typically either sporting goods or urgently needed medicines and it arrived at the Alm station within just eight minutes of take-off. The same trip by car takes more than 30 minutes during winter. Original article: Background footage: Stay informed and learn how to earn in the Business of Drones. Don't miss out on any of our latest videos, subscribe Other places you can find us:
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dale carpenter (16 days ago)
and you aholes still mispronounce vowels
dale carpenter (16 days ago)
Europe has been around a lot longer than America. so I wouldn't be trying to brag. besides everything America tries to be first in America is first in .besides the only thing holding America back is a bunch of European commie ass holes in American government.
Robert Cornelius (1 month ago)
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Kenneth Williams (1 month ago)
European countries are indeed educated and cultured and have many admirable attributes,however they are currently being invaded by muslim hordes and they are welcoming their own destruction with open arms ,with their eyes wide open.That makes them weak and pathetic.Americans will not allow their own destuction , ergo the election of Mr Trump.We turned back invaders once to form this greatest of all nations,and we"ll sure as hell do it again ,if needed.
Michele Badziong (1 month ago)
German mail delivery with the drone over long distances. Italian Poste on TV with fucking advertising
Michele Badziong (1 month ago)
Poste tedesche consegnano con il drone a lunghe distanze. Poste italiane in TV con pubblicità del cazzo
6KillaBC (2 months ago)
Love the look of these tilt-rotor delivery drones, but would they be reliable with only 2 motors instead of using say a hexa/octocopter drone? Drones will be everywhere in the future, they will reach people in hard to reach areas, delivering medical supplies, etc the list goes on so i can see these being used everywhere, great video thanks : )
miodice3 (2 months ago)
are the pauses in audio edited out? it sounds like a run on sentence lol.
Nolan (2 months ago)
Why does Europe always brag about being better than the US?
JEWSdId911 joi (26 days ago)
NO YOUR NOT no b2 or sr71 f117 boeing you guys just got nok offs
Robert Cornelius (1 month ago)
Anu: American Indians were paid off long time ago.
Anu van Strien (2 months ago)
Where do you think your ancestors came from unless they were indigenous American-Indians?
PΔNTΔ (2 months ago)
Being better then the US doesnt mean being far more military superior. It's being more civilized, being healthier, better educated, better lifespan, more culture, the place where most of your food comes from.. can i go on? No let's not go that path... And to top that off, if you compare the US with only one single country, yeah we are outnumbered if you speak about military superiority . Yet look at the size of the US. You can compare it with Europe. And comparing it with Europe, you are NOT military superior. I am not attacking America, yet stop being a victim Nolan. Like Khaos is saying, normally the US is the one bragging. We are just sick and tired of it. I am glad the group starts to protest against the bully. Finally.
YouTubeDebateChampion2017 (2 months ago)
In the 30s europe was far ahead in fascist and communist technology too, haha
Manuel brañas arias (3 months ago)
es muy interesante para los sitios de difícil acceso y para urgencias .
1978Prime (3 months ago)
i think these delivery drones will have practical limit for a couple of reasons. firstly, if many companies get drones, than airspace will become an issue in cities and secondly delivering freight by drones could easily end up being an expensive and inefficient way of distributing large amounts of freight. It would only work for super urgent deliveries that people are prepared to pay extra for and would only be quicker overall if done on a small scale, otherwise they would need an incredible number of drones to keep up with demand.
1978Prime (1 month ago)
+Anonymous It might be suitable for some things, like super urgent deliveries at a premium price, some courier services do that sort of thing or pizza delivery as you pointed out. I feel sorry for those students that need a pizza delivery job to make ends meet.
Anonymous (1 month ago)
+1978Prime Yeah ,but it can still be used to deliver lighter payloads like a domino's pizza, a tablet or even a laptop. And THAT is generally the idea. I don't think they ever plan on delivering furniture via drones LOL.
1978Prime (2 months ago)
+Anonymous What i mean by drones being inefficient overall is imagine if you had one large pallet of mixed deliveries and all that was for one area. A van could take the whole lot and get it done relativity quickly if all the deliveries were close together. A Rigid truck can carry anything up to 14 pallets and would therefore always have the advantage over droves for bulk deliveries. For a drone to do the same work with a limited load capacity,it would either have to make multiply trips and take longer or takes dozens of them to do the job in the same time. A small drone with a limited capacity might be cheaper,but as soon as you up size the thing. you got an expensive helicopter.
Anonymous (2 months ago)
You do realise that drones are relatively much cheaper? Your only valid point, in my opinion is about the airspace getting clogged. But when it comes to economics.... drones would be many times cheaper(and likely to get even cheaper with advancements in solar and energy-efficiency) than traditional delivery, hence are likely the future of deliveries.
slick willy (4 months ago)
Or wait till they land and stomp the hell out of it.
slick willy (4 months ago)
Cool free target practice. Hurry and get these things going we are anxiously waiting. But use your shotguns folks.
seaplaneguy (4 months ago)
If you want the right solution write me. This is nonsense.
insanity54 (3 months ago)
what is the right solution?
Roy Haugberg (4 months ago)
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Dev Rifter (4 months ago)
what about people shooting these things for fun or to steal stuff?
Dev Rifter (2 months ago)
+Tank 62 well, if there is enought assholes in the end there might be none;)
Tank 62 (2 months ago)
Dev Rifter If you look any where in the world you will always have asshols, they were here before you born and will be here when you are gone.
Spencer Boaz (2 months ago)
As the law stands it is a felony punishable by up to 2 to 10 years they are FAA registered aircraft from 1/2 pound up to 55 pounds . They can take their chances if their that stupid . And some are .
insanity54 (2 months ago)
Again I have to bring up my point on cost effectiveness. I don't think the drone and the loot would sell enough for there to be enough incentive for a drone hunter to shoot it down. In other words, the profit from shooting down a drone would not be worth the cost of shooting down a drone. Drone delivery is supposed to make deliveries cheaper because there are no humans involved that require a paycheck. It's the same cargo that UPS would be carrying, but it's in a small aircraft. What does a drone carry that will be worth stealing? How would you know what's in the drone you are going to shoot down? How will you know where and when to find the tiny drone? How will you get in range of the drone fast enough to shoot it down? How will you get around the illegal part of destruction of private property? How will you re-use the drone or sell it's parts? The control software is likely proprietary and locked down with DRM. The other parts are generic and/or hobby compatible but individually there's nothing cutting edge or expensive. How will you hide yourself from the drone's built in GPS, cameras or other sensors which are probably sending red alerts to the home base now that it has been shot down? Do you think drone delivery should not be a thing because there will be drone hunters? Drone delivery is happening, drone hunter risk or not. There is risk in everything ever developed. If drone hunters become such a problem as to disrupt drone deliveries, a solution will be developed.
Dev Rifter (2 months ago)
in shops you have cameras,guards, and the human presents makes shopliffting a bit risky. Shooting down a dron from some random location, way before destination point seems less risky. People would specialize in shooting down drones and stealing stuff. Some would even buy drone guns to put the dron down safly, without destroying carried package. drones would have to fly at min 200m hight to be somewhat safe and they would have to have ground confirmation to land
Dasdfjkl (6 months ago)
America is way beyond the delivery system in this video. This video might be old and they have also upgraded their system.
Steve (1 month ago)
Donald Trump will never accept that theese Drones steel american Jobs YiiiiHAAA!! BBrrrrrrrpppp great a-again
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Aero FPV (8 months ago)
Whom is the maker of the parcel copter? Such a great model to have on display. Thank you.
sUAS News (2 months ago)
Thanks Enzo
Aero FPV (8 months ago)
+Enzo Canuzzi Great info Enzo. Thanks a a lot man.
Enzo Canuzzi (8 months ago)
The tilting wing copter was an improved version of an earlier project of the RWTH.
Enzo Canuzzi (8 months ago)
The DHL is in cooperation with the University RWTH Aachen for the copter program:
Austin Kelly (8 months ago)
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farmerboy 777 (9 months ago)
DHL is operated by UPS so yea
Spagg Trait (4 months ago)
DHL, is originally an American company. The German Post owns 75% of it's international business, and a small percentage of the DHL airways company. But it's certainly not under UPS control, it's the competition, along with fed ex.
TheMentalist (8 months ago)
DHL is a german company by Deutsche Post. It can't be operated by UPS
farmerboy 777 (8 months ago)
UPS operates it look it up
sUAS News (9 months ago)
+What now? Yes that's what I thought as well
TheMentalist (9 months ago)
No? It is operated by Deutsche Post
Ari Takalo (9 months ago)
Interesting to see that DHL are apparently dead serious about this. All the other project have been somewhat "oh we did this one time special delivery in front of cameras with a parcel zip tied to the bottom of a standard drone." or "we have partnership with drone company X" meaning they get drones for cheap for testing, regardless how practical said manufacturers drones are for the use case. Automatic loading and unloading with modular cargo bay. Moving to tilt rotor with added complexity, but obvious efficiency gains. Actually thinking about how to base these vehicles on the ground with the sky port including things like weather protection with the landing bay. If one thinks about it sometime, it of course becomes obvious the copter needs protected hangar for the time it isn't flying and is recharging and it better be automatic. Being automatic is the whole point of drones, so any unnecessary human involved is lost efficiency and you might as well keep doing what you were doing before. Don't know if it was due to necessity of location they involved that protective covering system, but that is a huge thing to realize you have to have and to make practical. Shows serious levels of the level of actually practicality and practical seriousness they are thinking. Some may say testing in remote alps is not hard for drones, because it is not urban and congested airspace. However surviving harsh elements is just as important in longer term as is figuring out how to navigate urban environment. Parcel drone is of no use to a real delivery company, if the drones can do deliveries only on sunny calm days. So apparently DHL decided they figure out the environmental survival once and for all and chose possible the harshest environment available. Once this is done they can move to urban navigation with confidence of come rain or shine or storm their drones will work. Additionally DHL now has an optimal solution for remote mountain villages, pretty much wrapped up and ready to go. As it happens remote villages are also on the delivery schedule of DHL service all around the Alps. So this in itself is already fully serious, practical and business meaningful commercial ready design.So now DHL can save in deliveries by just having to bring their packet truck to the end of the good road in the valley bottom usually, load packets to skyport, drive away and let the drone handle the last mile valley drive problem on it's own time. As said in such places few kilometers can take long times due to the harsh climbs and difficult roads. This seems dead dead serious, like DHL actually intents to use that skyport in commercial use later on levels of serious effort. You don't build that stuff of the shelf. It must have took serious effort to figure out the loading procedure and machining. Something I haven't seen on any other effort. Good for them DHL. They are actually taking this seriously, instead of thinking this as "come in next decade" or gimmick. edit: typos typos typos
sUAS News (9 months ago)
+Ari Takalo Your take on this is bang on. There are so many parts to this test that it is really commendable. I wouldn't like to say how far ahead of the pack they are now, but we have seen nothing like this from Google or Amazon. When next they publish an update it will have to equal or better the DHL test. I bet though they will be able to make far more noise than DHL and as such will re invent some of these fantastic innovations!! We have a long memory here and won't forget ;-)
Chuckles (9 months ago)
I love RC, but a 22 minute savings? In the U.S. major hospitals already get 3 drug shipments per day. This small time savings is a Rube Goldberg. Sounds like another Concord project. Very, very expensive for very little benefit. How much did the ground station cost on both ends? Taxpayer funded?
Robert Nicholls (8 months ago)
Actually that's a good idea. Partner with existing infrastructure, work out a commission to buy in. Many local warehouses, all that you listed and storage facilities around. All these can become pick up centers. Add automotive drones to deliver to the last mile or two.
DS (8 months ago)
...and those drug shipments are just for the staff-lol
Costa Apostolou (9 months ago)
+Chuckles you are crazy if you think they will NEVER allow drones for shipping to regular consumers. Add a parachute, use a octacopter for motor failure redundancy and build is fail safe redundancy and it will pass. Canada is already wanting to allow amazon to start home drone delivery first in Canada, they have been testing for years. Here is a tip, you don't live in a democracy, if these huge corporations want delivery drones then they will pour millions/billions of $ into political campaigns to get the laws changed, aka legal bribery, aka not a real democracy.
Costa Apostolou (9 months ago)
+Chuckles you are crazy if you think they will NEVER allow drones for shipping to regular consumers. Add a parachute, use a octacopter for motor failure redundancy and build is fail safe redundancy and it will pass. Canada is already wanting to allow amazon to start home drone delivery first in Canada, they have been testing for years. Here is a tip, you don't live in a democracy, if these huge corporations want delivery drones then they will pour millions/billions of $ into political campaigns to get the laws changed, aka legal bribery, aka not a real democracy.