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UPS and Workhorse test drone and ORION system for multi-task package delivery in remote areas

Tinuku ~ UPS truck included launching drones and ORION (On-Road Navigation Integrated Optimization) to transport packets in remote areas, difficult and expensive to reach by vehicle. Leading package delivery company in the world to test send a parcel using autonomous flight in a small town outside Tampa, Florida.

UPS and Workhorse has been testing the concept of delivery system using unmanned aircraft launched from the top of vehicle, independently send the packet to the target homes and then return to vehicle while the driver shipments continued to move along the route to hold other shipments.

Tinuku UPS and Workhorse test drone and ORION system for multi-task package delivery in remote areas

Tinuku.com UPS and Workhorse test drone and ORION system for multi-task package delivery in remote areas

A drone fitted in the roof of delivery truck and driver install package into a drone in truck cabin. The roof of truck equipped with a sliding door, the driver presses a button on the tablet and unmanned aircraft glide upwards to fly independently to predetermined goal.

Drones have flown and the driver to provide another package elsewhere. Drone then docked back to the runway on the roof to the next task. UPS said cutting road one mile on 66,000 drivers each day could save the company up to US$50 million per year.



Delivery in rural areas become very expensive where drivers often travel many miles to put one package. Shipping companies around the world are trying to cut the cost per mile of travel using unmanned aircraft.

"This test is different from the drone so far. Implications for future delivery, especially in countryside where our package vehicles have to travel far for a single delivery," said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability.

www.Tinuku.com UPS and Workhorse test drone and ORION system for multi-task package delivery in remote areas

Tinuku UPS and Workhorse test drone and ORION system for multi-task package delivery in remote areas

"Imagine a triangle delivery route distance apart so. Sending drones to make only one delivery can cut costs significantly. This is a big step in our network efficiency and reduce emissions at the same time," said Wallace.

UPS has been testing automation and robotics technology including drones for years. UPS using drones extensively for humanitarian assistance, in partnership with third party organizations to send blood and vaccines to difficult locations in Rwanda. UPS also use drones to check the inventory in storage shelves in warehouse.
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