A technology firm focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector has announced that it has been granted a patent for its truck-based UAV launch pad.
US-based company Workhorse has secured a patent for its HorseFly Truck Launched Drone Package Delivery System from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The HorseFly UAV Delivery System is a custom-built, high-efficiency delivery UAV that is fully integrated with the Workhorse line of electric/hybrid delivery trucks.
The HorseFly system conforms to FAA guidelines for UAV operation in the US, including being fully-integrated with delivery trucks. The system is designed to allow drivers and assistants to maintain line-of-sight operation of the UAV delivery process.
When the HorseFly UAV is in position above the destination, a remote observer is sent a video feed, which can be used to assess the safe completion of the delivery and make any small adjustments to the UAV position during drop-off, if needed.
Using this method, a single remote observer can efficiently monitor a fleet of many UAVs at once, since observation is only needed during the final descent and not during normal flight operations.
“We feel that the patented HorseFly truck launched drone package delivery system is the first major change to the last mile delivery process since the invention of the package delivery truck. Drivers appreciate the fact that the HorseFly system is fast, reliable, and efficient,” said Steve Burns, Workhorse CEO. “Last mile package delivery is changing, and the HorseFly delivery system is leading the way.”
Designed to assist the delivery driver, the HorseFly drone delivery system helps reduce driving time and allows faster deliveries.