31 Jan '17, 10am

#Drone Docking with “Park Assist” for #Recharging in The Field #sensors https://t.co/2xx27DWrMK

Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drones have caused quite a stir, without even entering service. Recently the firm published a proposal for installing docking stations on street lampposts (Figure 1), giving an insight into the kind of logistical challenges its development teams are tackling. As a place for transferring loads, these stations can provide flexibility for delivery planning, and perhaps more importantly, a charging point for the vehicles to re-energize before continuing to a final destination, waiting for a next assignment, or returning to base. The lamppost is also, conveniently, connected to an electrical supply. Figure 1: Amazon has identified tall lampposts as a safe place for its Prime Air drones to perch. Precision docking of autonomous vehicles To recharge, an autonomous vehicle must connect accurately with the charging electrodes provided on the docking stat...

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