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Stanford Lab Envisions Delivery Drones That Save Energy by Taking the Bus


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A land-based delivery drone.

Stanford University researchers have developed a methodology that allows delivery drones to take buses or trams to their destinations.

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In an effort to redesign urban package delivery, researchers in Stanford University's Intelligent Systems Laboratory and Autonomous Systems Lab developed a methodology that allows delivery drones to access buses or trams, which could reduce traffic congestion and energy consumption while allowing the drones to travel farther.

The artificial intelligence network underlying this system, which can accommodate up to 200 drones delivering up to 5,000 packages, was designed for cities with up to 8,000 stops.

The approach is aimed at minimizing the time required to complete a delivery, according to the researchers, who added that it “can achieve significant commercial benefits and social impact.”

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