Drones: Here & Now Anyone Wonder Why All The New Trucks (Retrofit?)

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  1. The Real Jack RyanMI6

    The Real Jack RyanMI6 Active Member

    Workhorse Horsefly™ Autonomous Drone Package Delivery Pilot Underway in Cincinnati


    Workhorse Group Inc.
    Feb 28, 2018, 09:30 ET

    CINCINNATI, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector, today announced that the HorseFly truck-launched Autonomous Drone Package Delivery System is now making real-life package deliveries to homes in the Cincinnati area in a pilot program with the City of Loveland and the FAA. Consumers in select Cincinnati zip codes opted-in to accept packages from Horsefly via the Workhorse Ares Drone Package Delivery App, which is designed to seamlessly integrate with existing online e-commerce platforms.

    The unique, patented HorseFly system complies with current FAA safety regulations for drone package delivery. Currently, each package is delivered within the delivery driver's line of sight. Data from the pilot will provide essential insights into consumer preferences, as well as real-world evidence to support expanded use cases with the FAA. To date, the system has been successfully tested with UPS and an undisclosed large retailer, and aims to provide significant cost savings by eliminating extra miles of driving to deliver packages.

    "We feel this is a game-changing moment to innovate the way packages are delivered for many years to come," said Steve Burns, Workhorse CEO. "By not only reducing the expense of last mile delivery, but also providing the consumer with the ability to opt-in, visualize, and confirm their package delivery on their property, we have re-imagined home delivery."

    The HorseFly UAV Delivery System is a custom-built, high efficiency delivery UAV that is fully integrated with the Workhorse line of electric delivery trucks. The HorseFly system is designed to work with drivers to increase their efficiency and significantly lower the expense of last mile delivery. The truck launched drone system is designed to assist a driver as follows:

    The truck delivery driver loads the package and launches the HorseFly drone
    The HorseFly drone autonomously launches from the roof of the delivery truck, gains altitude and proceeds to the delivery location, monitoring by a centralized Horsefly control center. The consumer can also monitor the progress of their package delivery through their downloaded app
    At the delivery location, which the consumer can choose on the app by touching the point on a map, the drone autonomously descends and the package is released. The consumer can opt-in to receive a photograph and confirmation of their delivery.
    The HorseFly drone returns to the delivery truck at a planned stop and autonomously redocks and recharges for its next delivery


    AND DRONES Final Report January 2018

    Sponsored by University of Missouri – St. Louis,Midwest Transportation Center
    , and
    U.S. Department of Transportation
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and

    Home delivery by drones as an alternative or complement to traditional delivery by trucks is attracting considerable attention from major retailers and services, as well as startups. While drone delivery may offer considerable economic savings, the
    fundamental issues of how best to deploy drones for home delivery are not well understood............

    The results highlight some key tradeoffs in the use of the trucks and drones and their dependence on relative operating characteristics, costs, and delivery densities.
    Key findings are as follows:
    Truck-drone hybrid delivery has the potential to provide substantial
    cost savings, especially in suburban areas
    Incorporating multiple drones per truck offers important but
    marginally decreasing savings that can be large.

    •The benefits from truck-drone delivery depend strongly on the
    relative operating costs per mile for trucks and drones, the relative stop costs for trucks and drones, and the spatial density of customers.
    •Measures of savings per delivery and savings intensity per square mile provide
    complementary perspectives that highlight the conditions and regions likely to generate the greatest savings.
    •The importance of drone operating costs is highlighted in the results, and it is likely these costs will continue to fall as drone technology advances. However, more detailed analysis to identify real values of cost per mile and per stop would be very useful.
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  2. Box Ox

    Box Ox Well-Known Member

    Oh good, they’re still using the same piece of :censored2: “Horsefly” drone shown in this UPS PR video last year.

    “The HorseFly is an unmanned drone capable of delivering a 10-pound package and uses just 3 cents per mile to operate. Built with carbon fiber construction, the HorseFly is capable of flying at a max speed of 50 mph with a 30-minute flight time.”

    “Last year, Workhorse and UPS teamed up to test the drone delivery, with the HorseFly successfully making a delivery from atop a UPS delivery vehicle in Lithia, FL. Workhorse built the electric UPS package car used in the test.“

    Workhorse now making residential deliveries with HorseFly drone

    Check out the end of this video for the drone :censored2: up before the roof door closes on it.

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  3. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I don't understand how the drone does "out of sight, out of weather". Or do customers agreeing to drone delivery give that up?
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  4. badpal

    badpal Active Member

    I would think customers would need designed drone landing station or something. I would like to see a drone navigate thru some of the junky yards and front porches we got too.
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  5. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    ..."Data from the pilot"... Lol We got split drivers that cant sheet a call tag!

    Workhorse should focus more on trucks that don't break down all the time!
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  6. MenInBrown

    MenInBrown Well-Known Member

    10lb pkg? Wow, haven’t seen one that light in years. This is all for show. I haven’t seen where the FFA is allowing these now.
  7. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Or they could put 22.4 drivers out in the rural areas and save billions.
  8. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Horsefly, lol
  9. MECH-lift

    MECH-lift Union Brother

    wait till the drone lands on some farm and 10 farm dogs come and attack it...another example of UPS wasting time/money that could be put into our trucks. It says that’ll it work best in rural areas , but you have to be in sight of the drone, lol
  10. john chesney

    john chesney Well-Known Member

    This is all propaganda just like how great ORION is. This is for people to think we are high tech. Anyone ups driver knows this will never be mainstream. It’s for investors and people that don’t know what really goes on inside of ups operations
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  11. The Real Jack RyanMI6

    The Real Jack RyanMI6 Active Member

    I would have thought the same thing as you. That is untill the forced all of us to be Orion's Bitc. Allso having read the investor calls for the past 8 qtrs and then seeing the real world actions of our company im starting ro become a believer. They have steeped up investment in areas they said they would and report on the progress they make and wall street reacts accordingly
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  12. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    More like horse :censored2:.
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  13. The Real Jack RyanMI6

    The Real Jack RyanMI6 Active Member

    True, but its more than just our company, and UPS is being smart about the drone issue. They as far as i can fin, haven't spent money on R&D. They have let others like Workhorse, and Google, the FAA, University of Missouri do all the "rolling lab" work for them.
  14. Big Package

    Big Package The Smuggle is Real

    "Undisclosed large retailer".:wink-very:
  15. Wally

    Wally BrownCafe Innovator & King of Puns

    How many youtube videos will pop up of yahoo's shooting these things?
  16. UrFellowUpser

    UrFellowUpser Active Member

    This :censored2: is dumb and is just too much
  17. brown metal coffin

    brown metal coffin Active Member

    Im curious to see the drone video when its pouring rain when they open the top hatch.
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  18. specter208

    specter208 Active Member

    They should give that to PTers from base (center) to fly around.
  19. iruhnman630

    iruhnman630 Well-Known Member

    Can't wait to send that message in....

    'Horsefly has not returned / been waiting 10 min'

    Will they provide ladders for us to safely climb on the roof when things go wrong?

    Will they provide equipment to clear the 14 inches of snow off the roof in the Winter?

    Windy days??

    Opening the roof on rainy days?
  20. Old Man Jingles

    Old Man Jingles Rat out of a cage

    Funny stuff listening to the Luddites wishing it wasn't reality coming their way.
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