Drone Deuce‘s deliveries by drone from a Buffalo Wild Wings store in Mobile, AL might start as soon as next month. It would represent a massive leap forward for the drone startup that aims to help local brick-and-mortar stores to compete with the likes of Amazon.
Drone Deuce’s deliveries might start real soon!
Lawrence Specker writes for AL that:
Deuce Drone has announced a trial run in August with a Mobile-area Buffalo Wild Wings franchise owner, and grocery delivery testing with Rouses Markets in the fall. They’re steps that put Deuce Drone in the middle of a race toward the day when unmanned aerial package delivery is a commonplace service.
Deuce Drone is not a drone builder.
The Deuce Drone concept is built around three key components. The first is comparable to a dumbwaiter: When a restaurant has packaged an order, for example, employees can put that box on a conveyor belt or load it into an elevator that ferries it to the second piece, a unit that serves as a mini-airport. The “drone port” handles loading, charging and other operations. The third and most complex piece is the command and control system that routes drones to their destinations.
…ADDIS, for Aerial Drone Delivery Interface System.
Customers who sign up will be given a target mat with a QR-style code printed on it. The app they use to place their order will let them assign a fairly precise landing zone; laying the target map down will enable the drone to verify that it’s coming down on exactly the right spot.
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Members of the Deuce Drone team. From the left: aerospace engineer Timothy Husain, real estate developer Philip Burton, former Continental Aerospace head Rhett Ross, program manager Brandy Rogers, mechanical designer Josh Laird, and aerospace engineer KJ Hardrict.
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