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Drones Get to Grips With Planning the Delivery of Goods


A drone makes a delivery.

Researchers at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria are developing a system in which products ordered may be delivered by drones.

Credit: University of Klagenfurt (Austria)

Researchers at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria are developing a system in which customers order products that are stored in warehouses and then delivered via drones.

The researchers say one key to making the system as efficient and customer-friendly as possible is determining how the drones will decide which customer will be served next and which drone will serve the next customer. They have developed various scenarios and then calculated their respective impact on the performance capacity of the system.

The researchers found that if the oldest query is dealt with next, there is a risk the system could be rendered unstable if just one transport unit fails. However, when the query located closest is chosen as a matter of course, each transport unit can decide independently which query to execute next, thus increasing the degree of autonomy.

From University of Klagenfurt (Austria)
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