Boeing’s cargo UAV a shot in the arm for drone delivery market [VIDEO]

A working prototype cargo drone unveiled today by Boeing marks the entry of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer into the unmanned electric air cargo air vehicle space. While analysts have predicted for some time now that drones are on course to transform the logistics sector, Boeing’s additional aerospace muscle represents a seismic shakeup of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 11, 2018

Natilus cargo drone closes second round of seed funding

Cargo drone startup Natilus announced that it has closed a second round of seed funding with investment from Starburst Ventures, Seraph Group, Gelt VC, Outpost Capital and Draper Associates. The funds will go towards “aggressively scaling,” in anticipation of the startup’s first Federal Aviation Administration-approved flight for its 30-foot prototype. The test flight is scheduled […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 13, 2017

Kickstart my heart: Drone defibrillator delivery could save thousands of lives

Every year, cardiac arrests trigger the abrupt loss of heart function for 350,000 Americans, making it the leading cause of natural death in the country, according to the American Heart Association. Today’s drone manufacturers are taking steps to reduce this grim statistic. With each minute that passes following the onset of symptoms, the chances of […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 11, 2017

Mercedes Benz, drone-maker Matternet tackle last-mile delivery demo

The live demonstration this week of an e-commerce delivery by a drone reinforced the potential of drones to streamline last-mile deliveries – the final frontier of e-commerce logistics. At the livestreaming of the delivery, the consortium behind the project, announced a three-week trial of a same-day drone delivery service. Using QR codes, the test drone […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 29, 2017

Commercial drone deliveries go live in Reykjavik, Iceland [VIDEO]

AHA, an online food and retail purveyor in Reykjavik Iceland, has launched what could be the first fully operational on-demand drone delivery service in an urban area. While other retailers such are experimenting with delivery options, AHA says that drone deliveries are now integrated into its delivery network, and that it expects to increase the […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 31, 2017

Are drone deliveries the glue of Amazon, Whole Foods merger?

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods has, so far, produced discounted avocados. But, with US$13.7 billion on the line, we’re anticipating a lot more from the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, and much of that speculation has focused on how the two companies will merge/leverage their respective logistics strengths, and how that might impact future e-commerce logistics. Austin-based […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 30, 2017

‘Must pass’ FAA reauthorization bill opens doors for commercial drones

Pretty soon, it might be time to start taking drone delivery seriously – at least in the United States. The bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 now requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish a delivery air carrier certificate that would allow for package deliveries by drones. Considered a “must pass” […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 24, 2017

Patent for hive-like urban drone warehouse hints at Amazon’s e-commerce strategy

A patent application for an urban drone delivery warehouse filed by Amazon.com provides a glimpse at the e-commerce giant’s potential plans for large-scale drone delivery, and it has set the logistics industry abuzz with last-mile speculation. In addition to looking like a beehive, the latest concept drawn up by Amazon’s engineers also emulates the hive’s […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 27, 2017

JD.com to build 150 drone launch facilities in China by 2020 [VIDEO]

Chinese e-commerce heavyweight JD.com plans to build 150 drone launch facilities in southwestern Sichuan province for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) parcel delivery. Having secured government approval in select provinces, autonomous aerial deliveries in China are at the forefront of commercial drone innovation. JD.com has been making commercial drone deliveries in at least four pilot regions […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 7, 2017

Swiss Post, Matternet pioneer medical drone delivery

Swiss Post and drone manufacturer Matternet have successfully used drones to transport laboratory samples between two hospitals in Lugano, Switzerland. The hospital now expects to make drone delivery a standard operation in 2018. Swiss Post, the Ticino EOC hospital group and Matternet launched the joint project earlier this month. Normally, the samples are transported by […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 31, 2017

Increase in drone accidents prompt new restrictions in Canada

Flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) just got a little harder in the Great White North. The Canadian government has instituted new temporary, on year rules that prevent the use of recreational drones near airports, garnering praise from private- and public-sector stakeholders in the air transport business. In addition to clearly marking their devices, drone operators […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 20, 2017

Natilus Offers First Look at Freight Drone Prototype

Natilus is launching its first drone, by the second quarter, and ACW sister-publication Mobility Buzz has obtained the first look at the prototype, which the startup hope to transform into a full-sized freight drone that has the potential to profoundly change freight flows and cargo movement. The San Jose, Calif.-based company has been “on a sprint” since […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 21, 2017

Ireland’s first drone delivery made by 10-year-old girl

A 10-year-old student from Ireland completed the country’s first officially sanctioned parcel delivery over the weekend, according to the official Irish Aviation Authority’s Media Centre. The two-minute parcel drop flight carried a 250-gram payload of emergency medical supplies, and went from the shoreline of Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, to a boat at sea almost 200 […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 30, 2017

Flirtey, 7-Eleven to elevate drone delivery beyond novelty act

Flirtey drones and the 7-Eleven convenience store chain have been busy ramping up their drone-delivery service agreement since delivering the first iced “Slurpee” drink to a customer in Nevada this July. The partners have now announced the completion of 77 autonomous drone deliveries to customer homes in the United States. With Amazon completing its own […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 20, 2016