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Imagine a fleet of UAVs flying over every
major city in America. Is it the
government's latest attempt at monitoring
its citizens? Is it a new missle defense
system created by the crackpot scientists
at DARPA? Nope, it's the flying future of
intra-urban courier services.
got to do is put in a request
online with the package's location and
destination and a UAV will be dispatched
to you ASAP. You hand over your mail to
the drone and off it goes into the skies,
hovering gracefully past the traffic jams
and road blocks, only to deliver your
package in the fastest manner possible.
Once the viability of such of system is
proven, it won't be long before restaurants
deliver fresh food to your doorstep using
VTOL parcel delivery system [scroll down]
Check out the pictures, very nice! [django, May 18 2007]
Baking: it's in the oven
[scad mientist, Jun 06 2013]
Also in Amazon's oven.
[swimswim, Dec 02 2013]
||Perhaps a cheaper way would be BPVs (Ballistic Package Vehicles) : a catapult and a catching net on buildings' roofs. The catapult knows the exact distance to other buildings and the BPVs have rudders to adjust the trajectory if necessary.
||Nice - I envisage a little helicopter which gets to whatever GPS position you gave it, then phones you and homes in on your mobile phone signal.
||[xipetotec]'s variant is more elegantly halfbaked in Bruce Sterling's 'Heavy Weather', IIRC.
||I like the picture of someone hitting the dirt at the approach of the UAV, then finding that it's delivered a pizza. I'd be pretty wary of ordering cheeseburger, which I vaguely remember as the nickname of some kind of air-dropped fuel-air explosive device.
||Great idea. I want to see UAV pizza delivery in Alabama.... Could you amagine the people shooting at the drones to "hunt" some pizza for dinner.
||Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and NIAC (NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts) focused on the future of package transportation by looking at VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aerial vehicles, also known as AVSLA: Autonomous VTOL Scalable Logistics Architecture -in essence, smart flying robots- as part of a rapid delivery system for high priority packages for usage in the future, 10-20 years ahead. The primary objective for the design team was to envision feasible "system-of-systems" delivery solutions by thinking creatively, having knowledge in the "Human Experience", researching the realities in engineering, overall cost efficiency, security precautions, creating scenario storyboards, and taking advantage of future technologies.
Several developed proposals were created which successfully broadened Sikorsky's view of possibilities and directions for their ongoing research and development. Sikorsky succeeded in receiving funds for further phases of this unique project [link].
||Cool. Where will the pizza go though?
||I considered this sort of idea myself, back during my stint as a pizza delivery driver (as a part of my over-all, completely automated, high speed pizza take-away-or-delivered concept).
I decided that it would be better as a data and sensitive document courier for business types, than for delivering food, particularly for offices in highrise buildings (comes in through the window).
Alas, it is still a dream yet to be realised...
||So, was this prophetic, did it give someone an idea, or did a half-baker employed at Dominos convice management to invest in this?
||Burritos and hotdogs are more aerodynamic, than pizza ! ?