Manna from Heaven?
Google‘s parent company, Alphabet, is partnering with Guzman y Gomez to deliver Mexican food to the great Outback. A successful pilot program by these taco-copters will lead to burritos dropping out of the sky all over the down under.
via TC: Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos …
Matternet, Mercedes-Benz, and Swiss online-shop, siroop, have teamed up to deliver coffee and other products to your front door.
Earlier this week the city of Zurich hosted a test. For this demonstration, the drone successfully flew and landed on it destination, the roof of a Mercedes-Benz van.
How will it work in practice?
The drone reads the destination information using a QR code on the package, then flies the goods to the receiver directly using onboard GPS. Moving at speeds of 43 mph(70 km) and with a range of 12 miles (20 km) it will delivery it’s goods (up to 4.5 lbs) directly to the consumer.
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Earlier I reported on startup, Matternet, and their drone-based pharmaceutical delivery service.
Now these drones will not only deliver autonomously, they will refuel themselves, thus shaving what can be life-saving minutes off the drug drop off process, and freeing up the care-giver to focus on their primary charge.
For more read: Matternet’s autonomous delivery drones can now refuel and reload by themselves — TechCrunch
Brown delivers..by air!
Traffic, road work and accidents all complicate the UPS delivery schedule, but none of these land-based impediments should deter a drone, right?
UPS announced today that it has successfully delivered a package in Florida using an autonomous drone that launched from one of its delivery trucks. The test is the first step in what the company hopes could one day become a more routine use of drones for package delivery.
UPS is betting the driver-drone pairing will double their efficiency. The driver can complete one delivery and dispatch the drone to another, later rendezvousing at some point along the return route.
yeah, but how will the drone look in brown shorts?
Humans have a long and storied history of freaking out over the possible effects of our technologies. Long ago, Plato worried that writing would hurt people’s memories and “implant forgetfulness in their souls.” More recently, Mary Shelley’s tale of Frankenstein’s monster warned us against playing God. Today, as artificial intelligences multiply, our ethical dilemmas have…
via Microsoft’s disastrous Tay experiment shows the hidden dangers of AI — Quartz
University researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich have designed drones that work together to build a rope bridge. Watch this cool video to see them in action.
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