Delivery Drones:- There’s a new generation of drones that are being built to fly longer distances, at jetliner elevations, while carrying large payloads.
And these cargo carrying drones could be coming to an air space near you. Cargo drones could potentially upend the logistics industry, making deliveries that are safe, and efficient, and environmentally sustainable, but they can also be an administrative nightmare.
There’s a reason that giant companies like Google, and Amazon, and UPS are pushing ahead with their plans to fill the skies with cargo carrying drones, money.
Morgan Stanley estimates that autonomous urban aircraft could eventually become a 1.5 trillion dollar industry, by 2040, and that includes everything from vertical takeoff and landing the plane, flying cars, military UAVs, and yes, delivery drones.
Now there are a whole bunch of delivery drones that are being tested today. But what if you want to receive something more massive than an Uber Eats order?
Before they can rake in all that cash, drone operators are out to prove that these devices can deliver a social good, and that’s why so many pilot programs are focused on providing medicine.
Matternet is working with UPS to deliver blood samples to hospitals in North Carolina. Zipline is flying in medical supplies to remote locations in Rwanda. Swoop Aero is dispensing vaccines and other medication to tiny islands in the Pacific.
All those drones exist today, but what about the ones that are still under development, the heavy lifters. Let’s call them cargo drones, drones that are built to fly higher and further than anything available today, all while carrying weighty loads.
So Sabrewing is working on a prototype that can achieve speeds of up to 180 knots, and a cruising altitude as high as 22,000 feet. It’s called Rhaegal, which yes, is one of the dragons from Game of Thrones.
Another is called Nautilus, and it’s working on a 30-foot prototype that’s about the size and weight of a military predator drone. It’ll be capable of transporting 700 pounds of cargo a distance of 2500 nautical miles.
The company is also working on a larger scale two-ton freighter about the size of a Boeing 777. Both companies are using measurements associated with boats because they are being designed to take off and land in the water, and that’s because they probably won’t get the regulatory approval to fly over populated areas.
Now, speaking of Boeing, the aerospace giant is working on its heavy-duty drone capable of carrying payloads of 500 pounds. But what kind of work goes into building a cargo drone?
Elroy’s CEO, Dave Merrill, talked about the challenge of building an aircraft capable of carrying this kind of weight. – At this scale, there’s a lot more modeling that goes in, a lot more aerodynamics that goes in. You need more capital, you need specialized expertise, for testing each building block.
So it’s a different kind of effort than building a smaller drone system. – And Merrill said that while some companies are retrofitting their drones for autonomous flight, Elroy is building its aircraft to be self-flying from day one.
They’re being built to attach and drop cargo as well as take off and land without any human interaction. – So the aircraft can land, taxi to a cargo pod, pick it up, and then take off again, without needing a person to come out and load or unload the system.
And we did that to save time so that the aircraft can always stay in motion, ever being utilized. And they also are designed for a much longer range. Most delivery drones, people are thinking about the last mile, we think about the previous 100 miles.
Elroy envisions its system being used to deliver packages over medium distances, in rural areas, or between distribution centers. – The benefit of vertical takeoff and landing is that you have a lot more flexibility in where the system can operate.
So, it can take off and land from an airport, or a helipad, but also it can take off from a parking lot, or the rooftop of a parking garage, or even a field. – The organization hopes to own a fleet of autonomous drones in the air, making deliveries by 2020.
I don’t think it’s as far away as we believe, but I do believe that companies are betting that some portion of the automated flight is going to be moving stuff around that’s not just small packages. – This idea of using drones to move goods between giant warehouses is super exciting.
But also, it raises some valid concerns about energy consumption. A 2018 research from the journal”Nature” discovered that electrical drones were far more effective than trucks, trucks, and trucks, and automobiles. – A drone can reduce greenhouse gas emissions for package delivery in most areas of the country by a decent amount, and in really low carbon electricity grids, like out west, and in New York state, it can reduce it by half, or more.
Although the analysis discovered that benefits could be paid off when the power useful for recharging and warehousing has been shrouded in, drones have a less environmental impact than a one item delivery by car. Today, the big problem is regulation. The unresolved issues include whether it’s safe allowing drones to fly outside a pilot’s visual field of sight, or even to use through the nighttime, or also to fly more humans.
And to answer these questions, the FAA created a pilot program to see how a drone delivery system might look in real life. Wing and Uber are just a couple of the businesses engaging, although perhaps not Amazon, that will be testing its drones having a consortium of European organizations in Belgium.
The tech development race for urban air mobility is going on right now. The technology, as it advances, should think through how it’s going to meet those certifications and make it safe for everybody. – So whatever set of guidelines the FAA and the private sector come up with, could have huge implications, not just for cargo drones, but also maybe for the way that we get around in cities in the future.
Urban air mobility is increasingly a hot pursuit among tech and aerospace companies. As absurd as it seems, the idea of flying cars is gaining serious traction. People are investing hundreds of millions of dollars in drone companies, today, because they believe that they will be more efficient, and better for the environment than the current system.
And that’s making people nervous. A Pew Research Center survey in 2017 discovered that 11% of Americans support drones, while 34% favor some limits on them. But 54% disapprove of drones flying near residential areas, and they site privacy and noise as their top concerns.
Microsoft Develops AI That Enables Us To Talk To People Who Have Died
Technological progress is getting faster, especially now that developers are constantly innovating to bring the latest and best technology.
Talking about technology, technology AI (Artificial Intelligence) is the most developed at this time. This technology, programmed to simulate human-like thinking and action, will really thrive in 2021.
For those of you who are confused, this technology is actually already around you. One example is Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa.
All AI is still in a 2D model. Currently, Microsoft plans to develop this into 3D. so, later the AI can speak directly with facial shapes and expressions based on the data collected.
This AI can of course be applied to people who have died by collecting voice recordings, photos, e-mails, activities on social media, and so on.
Unfortunately, this innovation is still in the patent legalization stage and has not yet begun to be developed. Although it sounds interesting, this has started to be questioned by many people.
South Korean TV Station Introduces An Artificial Intelligence-Based Host
Even though today many of us often read news from online media sites, the presence of presenters on television is still needed. This is because the host must have his own expertise to read the news so that it can attract the attention of the audience.
However, in this era of sophisticated technology, of course, there is a possibility that the work of this presenter can be replaced by modern technology. One of them is Artificial Intelligence.
This was also directly proven by a television station from South Korea called MBN News, where recently his party had exhibited an AI-based presenter who came under the name AI Kim and became the first host in South Korea to be developed using AI.
It is known that AI Kim or who has the full name AI Kim Ju-Ha was made based on the original presenter who worked at MBN News, namely Kim Ju-Ha. It was stated that the AI took about 10 hours to identify Kim Ju-Ha’s voice, speech, and body movements.
“I was created using deep learning technology by studying Kim Ju-Ha’s videos starting from the way he spoke, the sound he produced, the facial expressions, the movements of the lips, and how his body moved. I can deliver the exact same news as Kim Ju-Ha did, “said AI Kim Ju-Ha in his introduction.
It appears that AI Kim Ju-Ha can indeed speak very fluently like a real human. Even if we weren’t told that it was an AI, we probably wouldn’t even notice!
This elastic sensor technology can make robots and VR feel like a human
The development of VR (Virtual Reality) technology is currently quite great, where there are many things that have been presented using this technology. But currently, there is still a barrier between the VR world and the real world, the barrier is that we can’t touch objects in the VR world.
This is what makes researchers from Cornell University interested in developing sensors that can detect objects in the real world and can later be displayed in VR. This technology comes in the form of an elastic glove which is equipped with several sensors on the fingers.
Not only is it useful for humans, but this technology is also known to be used by robots so that they can sense objects in the real world. Maybe in the future, the robots will be able to find out what object they are holding by using these sensors.
Rob Shepherd as the head of the research said that at this time the technology had begun to be completed. Although it is quite difficult to gauge what touch feels like in the real world, these technologists allow them to make interaction relationships, especially for touch.
In addition, Shepherd also said that this technology would also be very useful for the development of VR and AR-based on motion capture. Because this sensor can tell how much pressure to apply when doing something, for example when repairing a car and changing its wheels.
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