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UPS wants to turn its delivery trucks into motherships for autonomous drones

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On Monday, UPS unveiled its latest innovation in package delivery technology. In a test conducted near Tampa, Florida, UPS showed off a new hybrid-electric package truck with a drone nest built into its roof. In effect, UPS wants to turn their delivery trucks into drone motherships. Inside the nest is a Workhorse HorseFly autonomous drone with the ability to fly for 30 minutes and carry 10 pounds worth of packages. -------------------------------------------------- Follow BI Video on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1oS68Zs Follow BI on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1W9Lk0n Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ -------------------------------------------------- Business Insider is the fastest growing business news site in the US. Our mission: to tell you all you need to know about the big world around you. The BI Video team focuses on technology, strategy and science with an emphasis on unique storytelling and data that appeals to the next generation of leaders – the digital generation.
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MrMac5150 (9 months ago)
The Black driver is to lazy to walk it to the door.. How about teaching the driver to place on a door step without throwing it. That would save money too.
Jake Voorhees (9 months ago)
Drones will drop things off gently.
RedEyeJedi (9 months ago)
They should focus on teleportation you know teleport the package right at home inside some kind of device or something.
MetallicReg (9 months ago)
It is "possible" for some goods in future. You could produce many things directly at home in a 3D printer after you purchased the design.
blackout07maroon (9 months ago)
How does cutting each driver's route by 1 mile save 50 million a year? Jesus, that's a lot.
Ruilin Lin (9 months ago)
blackout07maroon don't have to pay for driver and gas and vehicle lasts longer bc driven less
blackout07maroon (9 months ago)
Those things are going to be attacked by all sorts of Birds of Prey, which are the birds/hawks that eat smaller birds. Haha
Noe Ruiz (9 months ago)
Fuck UPS. So what happens to its drivers? Unemployed?
blackout07maroon (9 months ago)
yup. Free market. It's going to get a lot worse. Robots will put all unskilled workers and even skilled workers out of work in time.
Jacob Bielski (9 months ago)
Immigrants aren’t even what’s been replacing people lately. The current problem is going to become bigger and bigger: machines. Automation and AI are already threatening the service industry. We all know about the robot arms and conveyor belts at factories. But now grocery stores have self-checkout counters, so a shopper can walk in and never once talk to a human being. Amazon wants drones to drop deliveries out of the sky. Uber is a company I’ll swear by, since it helped me get to and from my first internship, which would turn into my first real job. But they’re still interested in having self-driving cars. With Siri and Alexa, people communicate with AI on a daily basis.
Jacob Bielski (9 months ago)
+blackout07maroon But Republicans don't believe in taxing, regulating or punishing businesses.
blackout07maroon (9 months ago)
Too true. Robots and automation will wipe out half the jobs in the country before we know it... Give it 15 years for the first 33% to be removed from their jobs.... We really need a robot tax as advanced by Bill Gates recently....
user 15481 (9 months ago)
but what's the cost of all those drones and new trucks? they better go get a government grant to take care of it. I bet the taxpayers really want to chip in.
uppermostking02 (9 months ago)
so instead of the package being at my front door the package will be in my front yard much easier for thieves. and how are they going to stop people from taking these drones? I could literally follow a drone to its location cover it with tin foil and the Drone is mine. and then once I get it into my home I'll construct a faraday cage so there's no GPS signal and they would be unable to find the Drone. free Drone everybody exciting times
Jake Voorhees (9 months ago)
It may be possible to delivery to an aerial recovery hub where walking mailmen can facilitate the final portion of the trip.
jose Sanchez (9 months ago)
they'd be glad to sue you like there's no tomorrow and thank you for your money
Jacob Bielski (9 months ago)
It seems like it would be easier to tail a delivery truck, since those would move slower and are easier to see. Don't people already steal stuff from the front doors anyhow?
uppermostking02 (9 months ago)
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Shia LaBeouf (9 months ago)
uppermostking02 easier said than done.
Scott Lowman. (9 months ago)
I can see someone shooting it down. Packages anyone!
Jim Blane (9 months ago)
Just what the worlds needs.....flying upside down lawn mowers. Sounds really safe. I can see the first kid diced up already.