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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/29/2017 08:50 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/29/2017 04:08 PM
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Daimler Tests New Drone Delivery System...This One May Be A Tipping Point

Stuttgart/Zurich. In a global first, online orders were delivered in Zurich between 25 September and 13 October with the aid of Vans & Drones. In partnership with Matternet and, Mercedes-Benz carried out a unique pilot project to test on-demand delivery of e-commerce orders – and it was a resounding success, particularly as unlike comparable systems this trial of a van and drone solution was carried out over an urban area and over a period of three weeks. On 28 September, after the initial successful trials, a large group of journalists was invited to watch live as the first official drone landing on the specially equipped Mercedes-Benz Vito took place during a press presentation.

On ten days, a total of around 100 flights were made without incident over the city of Zurich. The project made use of two drones and two Mercedes-Benz Vito vans with integrated landing platforms. Technology installed in the vehicle roofs ensured that landings were accurate and safe.

The main objective for the project team was to test the processes and procedures required to operate a delivery system of this kind and to learn from practical experience. "We are extremely satisfied with the results of the pilot project in Switzerland. The aim was to test the technology and the concept in real-world conditions and find out where optimisation was required. We also wanted to know how people would react to this new form of transportation," said Stefan Maurer, Head of Future Transportation at Mercedes-Benz Vans.

The results of the trials are currently being analysed in depth. "We are convinced that the project will evolve rapidly. We see great potential for our solution and intend to expand it to include further areas of application," Maurer added.

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Diamler vs. Daimler
Posted on: 2017-11-29 09:26:59   By: Anonymous
It is Daimler.

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    Key Word Urban
    Posted on: 2017-11-29 09:40:42   By: Anonymous
    This might be a solution for Urban areas, especially if the vans and drones are solar charged electrics.

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      those who need it can find it. The rest don't really need it.
      Posted on: 2017-11-29 12:02:10   By: Anonymous
      Ban booze.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-11-29 13:37:55   By: Anonymous
I hope a drone delivers my new wood stove without destroying the house!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-11-29 17:03:15   By: Anonymous

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-11-30 05:11:45   By: Anonymous
Well considering when I placed an order and finally the delivery truck
came (NOT a UPS truck) my package (not my huge, bulging, zippered one===D) came
it was destroyed. I have no idea what delivery Lowes uses
(parked down the drwy) but good luck from that store if you having
anything that's not destructible, because it will be Bleeped up
....and you better know El Español.
.......where was I?...........oh....I hope those packages are delivered unbashed
.....or as are good as our local UPS delivery men and women....nope...I don't work there.
Now after that little flying, non-human, job stealing, son of a
bitch drops off my belongings I'm gonna take that little sob, never
takes a break, or says a bad word, job stealing rotor head out with a blast of pellets.

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