The HorseFly octocopter could charge its battery and pick up packages from a mobile delivery van (Photo: Kelly Cohen)
The HorseFly would utilize its multiple hardware redundancies to keep from crashing down onto people below in the event of a malfunction (Photo: Tom Robinette)
The University of Cincinnati's Wei Wei pilots the HorseFly, although it can also fly autonomously (Photo: Kelly Cohen)
When Amazon announced its plan to use drones for home deliveries, a lot of people were quick to point out the huge logistical challenges involved. Among those is the fact that a multicopter's limited battery range would make it rather difficult for just one or two Amazon warehouses to serve an entire city. A team from the University of Cincinnati and AMP Electric Vehicles, however, may have a solution. They've created an octocopter that could make short flights from a traveling delivery van, using that van as a mobile charging station and package depot.
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