Boeing’s autonomous aircraft prototype completes first flight [VIDEO]

A prototype autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV), developed by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences under the leadership of the Boeing NeXt division, successfully completed its first test flight in Virginia this week. Although the PAV is designed for passenger transport, the technology presents major opportunities for the future of autonomous and remote pilot cargo operations. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 25, 2019

Boeing invests in Matternet urban delivery drone platform

Through its Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment arm, Boeing led a round of funding in US-based Matternet, which the company will use to expand US and global operations of its on-demand drone delivery platform for urban deliveries. The funding round also included investments from Swiss Post, Sony Innovation Fund, and Levitate Capital, and raised US$16 million. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 27, 2018

CAAC grants first commercial drone operation license to SF subsidiary

Yesterday, the eastern bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) granted Jiangxi Fengyu Shuntu Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of SF Holdings, the first domestic UAV Aviation License. With the license, SF Logistics now has the legal authority to operate and expand the scale of its delivery drone delivery pilot operations, which began […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 28, 2018

The future of drones [VIDEO]

In the aviation industry, the future may belong to drones, but, as this video shows, there are still problems… And, of course, not all trouble comes from below…
  • David Harris
  • August 18, 2017

China’s number-two e-tailer launches 3PL division

Last week, Beijing-based JD.com announced it was moving forward with plans to formalize a logistics division, “JD Logistics” in support of the growing demand for express delivery services for its booming e-tailing business. Similar to Amazon’s Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program, the new division will provide third parties access to a wide range of supply […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 1, 2017

Amazon makes its first commercial drone delivery

On 7 December, Amazon’s Prime Air made its first commercial delivery with an unmanned drone. The delivery took place in Cambridgeshire, near Amazon’s UK drone-testing plant, where the company has been working with the government to test longer-distance deliveries. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, broke the news on Twitter, announcing that his company delivered a parcel […]
  • David Harris
  • January 7, 2017

UPS successfully uses drone to make delivery where its trucks cannot [VIDEO]

Although it’s unlikely that economics could justify the replacement of all couriers with commercial drones in the near-term, UPS and its partner CyPhy Works have demonstrated the feasibility of using UAVs’ to make remote deliveries in difficult-to-access locations with a recent successful test. Yesterday, on 22 September, the pair launched a CyPhy Works PARC (Persistent Aerial […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 23, 2016