DelivAir - Drone Delivery Systems
Cambridge Consultants is shaping the future of deliveries with precision location and identification technology
Reimagining the future of on-demand deliveries, product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants has developed DelivAir, a drone delivery concept that can deliver a package straight to the hands of its recipient, no matter their location.
Drone delivery systems have been publicised for some time now, but most are restricted by the need to deliver to a specific address. But drones aren’t limited by terrain or traffic, so why should they be limited to delivering to a zip or postal code?
Cambridge Consultants' vision was to make deliveries safely and directly into the recipient's hand. The company has achieved this through a drone delivery system that implements a patent pending two stage routing process.
The delivery starts by using GPS to navigate to a user's smart phone location, periodically requesting secure location updates during the flight until it arrives within visual range. Then the drone switches to precision optical tracking and a 3D imaging and ranging system to both locate and authenticate the recipient. When the drone reaches the recipient, they simply point their mobile phone flash LED to the sky which blinks a coded pattern, allowing the drone to verify that it is delivering to the correct person. The drone moves directly above this flashing LED, remaining at a safe height above ground. The package is then lowered down into the recipient’s hands, using a stabilising winch to keep the package steady, where it is then simply unhitched by the recipient and the drone returns to its base.
This type of ultra-precision delivery is ideal for instant delivery of items needed right away, such as delivering a first aid kit to a hiker, or an inner tube to a stranded cyclist or even bringing essential components into remote regions during times of disaster. The most compelling use cases may be in cases of medical supplies, such as delivering an EpiPen or a defibrilator to a person in need of these life-saving necessities.
“Ultra-precision is the future of drone delivery, and the opportunities are almost limitless,” said Wrench. “The mobile phone changed the way we make calls, from a location to an individual; we believe this technology has the potential to re-shape e-commerce in the same way, making deliveries to a person a practical proposition, no matter where they are."
About the Company
Cambridge Consultants is a world-class supplier of innovative product development engineering and technology consulting.
Working from our laboratories in Cambridge, UK, and Boston, USA, we have all the in-house skills needed to help you to create an innovative concept right the way through to taking your product into manufacturing. Most of our projects deliver prototype hardware or software and trials production batches. Equally, our technology consultants can help you to maximise your product portfolio and technology roadmap.
We’re not content just to create me-too products that make incremental change; we specialise in helping companies achieve the seemingly impossible. We work with some of the world’s largest blue-chip companies as well as with some of the smallest, innovative start-ups who want to change the status quo fast.
Founded over 50 years ago, the company combines exceptional people, proven processes and excellent facilities, backed by an enviable track record of creating world-firsts, to deliver real value to our clients.
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