Truck maker Workhorse demonstrates eight-rotor delivery drone
On Tuesday, an eight-rotor delivery drone was demonstrated by Loveland, Ohio-based truck manufacturer Workhorse. The delivery drone has been designed to work with the electric trucks manufactured by Workhorse, and partly use the same battery technology.
The Workhorse delivery drone was demonstrated by one of the company's mechanical engineers, Elliot Bokeno, at a conference held at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The drone has been built as a partnership between Workhorse and the University of Cincinnati.
Demonstrating the delivery drone, Bokeno said that the technology powering the drone amalgamates autonomous and manual control. Bokeno explained that the delivery location is determined by the drone with the help of GPS, and the drone flies to the location without any human assistance.
Once the drone reaches the location, a downward-pointing camera gets switched on, and the drone is taken over by an operator at a remote center. The operator guides the drone down; ensuring that it avoids people and obstacles, and delivers the package. The autonomous flight of the drone is then resumed, and makes its way back to the truck.
In reference to the delivery drone, Bokeno said during the demonstration: "Our concept is, you have a package-delivery drone that rides on top of a truck as the driver goes about his day, and helps to pick off outliers on his route to help cut down on the cost of delivery per package."
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