DELIVERY TRUCK, MEET DRONE

drone-delivery-truckDrones are all the rage when talking about the future of small parcel, e-commerce deliveries, but we are not there yet.

The slightly more relaxed rules as recently established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) require the operators to be licensed, the drones to be flown during daylight hours only, no more than 400 feet off the ground and remain visible to the operator at all times.

Amazon’s and other on-line retailers’ goal of using drones for deliveries to the consumer will not work with the “line of sight” requirement.  Enter the electric delivery truck and drone combo.  This technology will enable the drone to remain visible to the driver while expanding the number and scope of deliveries.

 

TIANJIN EXPLOSION

As evidenced by the video below, the city of Tianjin, China was rocked by explosions at a chemical warehouse near the Port of Tianjin. The blast was equivalent to a 21 ton bomb. 116 people lost their lives in the explosion, more than 700 were injured and 60 are still missing.

Sodium cynanide was also stored at the warehouse and has leached into nearby residential neighborhoods as well as harbor waters. Despite claims by the government that drinking water was safe, workers were seen scooping thousands of dead fish from the Haihe River near Tianjin.

Since the explosion, Chinese officials have inspected, put on notice and closed several chemical facilities in the country.