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Irish Post delivers by drone? Nicknamed "Postman Padraig", the delivery drone flew 5,561m in 11 minutes and 20 seconds over water to deliver a small trinket to customer on Clare Island. This was An Post's (and Ireland’s) first ever autonomous parcel delivery from mainland to island using a drone. More info >>> https://unmndcrgo.co/2KNL74c #deliverydrone #maildelivery
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Convenience store delivery drones? Super Species in Guangzhou has teamed up with Ehang to deliver up to 500 grams of Pperishables such as prawns, salmon, beef, fruit and organic products to customers within a 4.5 km radius from the store. Since initial launch in May, over 600 deliveries have been safely completed. More info >>>https://unmndcrgo.co/2KqL36j #deliverydrones #unmannedcargo #china #ehang #drones
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Ele.me has been given the green light to operate along 17 newly approved routes over a 58 square kilometer industrial zone in Shanghai. Consumers will be able to receive online takeaway meal orders via drones within 20 minutes (at no extra charge) after confirming the delivery on their smartphones. The E7 drone model likely to be used can carry up to 6 kg and fly as far as 20 km at a maximum speed of 65 km per hour. Approximately 100 different restaurants operating inside the Jinshan Industrial Park are participating.
More info >> https://unmndcrgo.co/2N1gbe3
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Self-driving electric delivery van? - Startup Nuro is currently working on a narrow (3.5 ft / 1.07 m wide), lightweight (1,500 lb / 680 kg) vehicle designed for last mile delivery of packages. Max payload is 250 lb / 113 kg. http://unmndcrgo.co/2FC9pHk
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Chinese #Delivery #Drones in Canada? #JD.com wants to reduce cost of bringing fresh blueberries and seafood to Chinese consumers. The plan involves JD drones carrying fresh product between a series of drone bases, each a small patch of land that can be built into an operations centre for as little as $125,000. The drone would land for a few minutes to swap its battery before continuing onward to an airport, where seafood and fruit could be loaded into a cargo aircraft bound for China. The drones could cover hundreds of kilometers hopping between bases. Squadrons of the airborne couriers could shrink the time between harvest and plate to as little as 24 hours while reducing land haul cost by as much as 70%.
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Even more #deliverydrone goodness. Here is a video of #alibaba #deliverydrones in action carrying 12 kg worth of fruit over water >>>
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Workhorse #deliverydrones are expected to be able to autonomously deliver packages of up 10 lbs (~4.5 kg) at a cost of US$0.03 per mile.

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/07/workhorse-debut-n-gen-electric-delivery-van-horsefly-electric-drone-ces-2018/
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Chinese delivery drones continue to make headlines. #Alibaba recently tested #deliverydrones with a 7 kg (~15 lbs) payload capacity. Three drones flew a 5 km (~3 mi) stretch in 9 minutes over water to Meizhou Island. Expected savings? Cutting delivery times in half. What was delivered? Six boxes of passion fruit with a combined weight of 12 kilograms. >>> https://buff.ly/2zrcckF
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China's JD[dot]com is ahead of the game in the race to establish a viable commercial #drone #delivery system....
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As of July 31, 2017 JD[dot]com's #delivery #drone fleet has flown 30,821 minutes and covered a distance of 10,242 km (6,364 mi) all while delivering 8,086 packages. Short video (in Chinese) >> https://buff.ly/2xR32io
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