Is commercial delivery justified by drones? Iceland is going to find out

 
3r3-31. [b] Icelandic startup Aha challenges Amazon with the help of the simplest drones carrying 3r-33r burgers.
 
Is commercial delivery justified by drones? Iceland is going to find out  
Aha delivery by drones works in Reykjavik up to 19 hours - on days when there is no strong wind, snow or rain
 
 
Icelandic startup Aha uses drones made for China and the Israeli logistics system to deliver hot food, food and electronics to the homes of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.
 
 
This is the first delivery of its kind in the world[нет]and also it ignores the standard rules for the safety of air travel. These drones do not define and avoid obstacles - they have no radar, no cameras, or other imaging systems. They fly on GPS, on paths found free from trees, buildings and other obstacles. Over the past five months, the service has made 500 deliveries, and so far without a single victim.
 
Flytrex from Tel Aviv selling GPS beacons to companies involved in drones. Flytrex has developed a logistics system based on these beacons, rather than doing the drone itself. “From my point of view, this approach was much more pragmatic,” says Christofferson.
 
 
“FedEx does not make trucks, they buy them,” says Yariv Bash, director of Flytrex. “We do the same with the drones. We have the know-how to choose the right drones and adjust them to our needs, but our core competencies lie in the field of logistics and cloud services. ”
 
 
Kristofferson told the Icelandic administration in charge of regulating airspace that they have a choice: Iceland may remain at the tail of the list of countries that have developed delivery by drones, or it may be in the front row. And to be in the forefront, it is necessary to develop safety rules.
 
 
More than a year of exchange took place, and Aha received a work permit. The first experimental deliveries began this year.
 
 
Aha uses 3r363 hexacopters. DJI Matrice 600
capable of carrying up to 3 kg of cargo and weighing 15 kg in full gear. They are able to fly 8 km - 4 km in one direction, and then back - which is enough to cover the entire Reykjavik from the center, where the company's headquarters is located. Flight paths of drones are constantly monitored to avoid new buildings. To reduce the risk of drones on the possibility of flying over water and uninhabited industrial zones.
 
 
Initially, the drones arrived at a dozen special relief points on the outskirts of the city. A company representative needed to wait for the drone and pick up the package from the cargo hold. Such deliveries allowed Aha to gain experience and calm regulators in terms of safety.
 
 
Then in August the company received permission to lower parcels on a rope to selected homes. “The drone is capable of lowering the package practically on the mat in your backyard,” says Bash. You just have to convince the neighbors to agree with this.
 
 
But it rarely causes problems, says Christopherson. He claims that when mowing the lawn you give them more inconvenience.
 
 
Blind flights have been a controversial issue in other jurisdictions around the world. In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration is holding on to its “feel and avoid” requirement. But the Office has nevertheless allowed recent test flights, including those that run 3r-381. Wing 3r382. , a division of Alphabet; in them the drone flies further than the operator can see.
 
 
Bash says that the two countries — he is not yet ready to reveal their names or even the continents — are ready to allow projects like Flytrex and Aha launched in Iceland. And why not, he says, if the delivery of drones risks less than many other things not prohibited in our lives.
 
 
“What's safer,” he asks, “allow a 16-year-old to drive a two-ton car to your house every time you want a hamburger, or send a 15-kg drone not suffering from lack of sleep last night?”
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