When Uplift Aeronautics founder Mark Jacobson envisioned utilizing a fleet of drones to drop food and medical provides on struggle-torn areas, he needed a device to make that occur. The disclosure is generally directed to unattended package deal supply, and more notably, to an unattended drop Box apparatus and system for receiving packages delivered by unmanned aerial automobiles. Equipment, systems, and methods are additionally desired to incorporate and complement the applying of drone know-how for package supply. Apparatus, techniques, and methods facilitating unattended drone bundle delivery are supplied. The system includes a drop Box apparatus, a processor related to the drop Box equipment, and at least one reminiscence including laptop program code for a number of packages.
The drop Box 110 or equipment may be hooked up, put in, or built-in into bike storage facilities, bus stops, carports, garages, partially lined areas sporting arenas, amphitheaters, gazebos, or different partially enclosed buildings. Outside parts may embody openings used by drones and may be located on the exterior of an current structure, simplifying drone navigation. An aperture or opening on the drop Box a hundred and ten may be adjustable primarily based on bundle measurement, drone size, or top of the consumer. The drone drop-off opening 210 is disposed and organized to receive drone deposited packages.
For example, readers could also be positioned at various points in the drop Box 110 and/or along the package journey path. Such readers can be positioned in a configuration that provides an identification when the package is accepted by the drop Box one hundred ten at the drop-off opening 210, an identification when the bundle reaches the storage cavity 250, and an identification as the user receives delivery of the bundle at the pick-up opening 220. Passive sensor gadgets could also be included within the drop Box one hundred ten to point a profitable supply or profitable decide-up.
In some embodiments, the system one hundred might obtain a request from a consumer to transfer a beforehand delivered bundle from the drop Box 110 or equipment to an alternate location. A consumer could place a return package in order that it is acquired by the drop Box a hundred and ten and/or may be accessible through the drop Box a hundred and ten by way of a drone 130 for return delivery. The return package deal could also be positioned right into a portion of the drop Box 110, on top of the drop Box housing, or the like. The drone 130 might decide up and fly the return package back to a retailer, distributor, or other person.
The disclosure is mostly directed to unattended bundle supply, and extra significantly, to an unattended drop Box apparatus and system for receiving packages delivered by unmanned aerial automobiles. Apparatus, programs, and strategies are additionally desired to incorporate and complement the application of drone technology for package deal delivery. Equipment, methods, and strategies facilitating unattended drone package delivery are offered. The system features a drop Box equipment, a processor related to the drop Box apparatus, and no less than one reminiscence together with computer program code for a number of applications.
Bank card digital or scan units associated with the drop Box 110 might also be used with loyalty programs, barcodes, alphanumeric codes, or different loyalty and offer primarily based information. These peripheral units may also be used to schedule a choose-up, for transport, to reroute, to store Drone Box Drop packages for pick-up, to provide packages for drone choose-up, to transfer packages to a different drop-Box, or to identify a user from the particular drop Box a hundred and ten. Rerouting could include additional fees or convenience charges related to a rerouted Box.
Areas of packages may be determined totally exterior the drop Box a hundred and ten or apparatus utilizing navigation, supply and other communication capabilities of the drone 130 and/or by a delivery service related over the network one hundred twenty. The bundle may be provided to the accessible unmanned aerial vehicle one hundred thirty through the drop-off opening 210 of the drop Box a hundred and ten or equipment.
Messages signaling the completed delivery to the drop Box 10 or apparatus may be despatched to the client, user or intended recipient by way of message to their client machine, i.e, their mobile system, sensible cellphone, pc, web-based mostly application, or different notification. In some embodiments, the consumer may be able to personalize supply companies supplied by the drop Box 110 and/or the system one hundred.
The system one hundred and the drop Box a hundred and ten may provide data related to the bundle from the sender of the package, the distribution heart, and/or an intermediate service or delivery service outside of the system a hundred. Some or all the drop Box 110 or apparatus could also be constructed of fabric or configured such that the inside of the drop Box is weatherproof and/or waterproof. The drop-off opening 210 allows the drone one hundred thirty to drop or place packages one hundred and five into the drop Box one hundred ten.
In some embodiments, the drop Box a hundred and ten could distribute packages internally within a storage portion of the drop Box. Mechanical devices, sensor-based mostly operation, and/or kind capabilities and components, may be operated and carried out by the drop Box a hundred and ten to sort packages upon receipt and prior to select up by a consumer. The drop Box one hundred ten might embrace onboard software program programs to log incoming packages, administer packages, reposition packages, distribute packages, shift packages and the like. Retailers and distributors may additionally be linked with the drop Box one hundred ten in the same method.