Amazon’s vision of a drone delivery center where trucks deliver cargo and an army of drones deliver shipments to the consumer.
Hannah-Barbera’s vision of a cartoon featuring a space-age family, the Jetsons, where their flying vehicle approaches home.
We all know Amazon.com is exploring and testing the use of drones to deliver small packages. While that’s cool, what is even better…the University of Leeds in the UK is developing a drone to autonomously inspect and repair potholes. Their program is also looking to use drones for streetlight maintenance and pipeline repair.
Now, that is some outside the box thinking.
With Tesla’s decision regarding the location of their battery factory still undecided, Northern Nevada is moving forward with their growth plans. Ashima Devices just announced they will be “moving their company headquarters [from Pasadena, CA], and opening a research, testing and assembly facility in Reno, NV.”
Ashima Devices is a company on the forefront of the drone technology. As we know from Amazon’s interest in using drones for deliveries, these unmanned aerial vehicles are not just for the military anymore.
Forget Amazon’s plans to deliver packages via unmanned drones. Rolls-Royce is designing unmanned cargo ships. In their Alesund, Norway office, Rolls-Royce has set up a proto-type simulating a 360-degree view from a vessel’s bridge with the hopes that eventually captains on dry land will use this technology to control hundreds of crewless ships. According to Rolls-Royce, drone ships will be safer, cheaper and less polluting.
It might be the wave of the future, but there are hurdles to jump over first. Unmanned ships are currently illegal under international conventions that set minimum crew requirements. Additionally, the union representing the majority of the world’s seafarers, International Transport Workers’ Federation, is opposed to drone ships.
Amazon.com’s plans to pursue the use of drones to deliver packages have been well covered in the media, but did you know Nevada was selected as a test site? The vast and clear skies, the 320 days of clear weather and the research partnerships with the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas make Nevada an attractive place for testing.