A general-purpose drone delivery service that anyone can use to have their package sent off. A hybrid of Uber and postal service.
Delivery drones are not new. They are owned by a specific company and used for their deliveries. The novelty this service proposes is the creation of a universal drone delivery service that handles anyone's shipments just like a postal service. It can be hailed like Uber and you pay per distance.
Instant delivery of food, groceries, or personal packages.
Save people's time and energy by robotizing errands.
Any person or business that has some real estate with a clear view of the sky can build a pickup/delivery spot according to the drone service's standards. This would be a modern mailbox.
Every pickup/delivery spot has to be registered and approved. It gets a unique ID.
Businesses that expect a large number of pickups or deliveries can build multiple spots sufficiently spaced apart to allow simultaneous approach of several drones.
Communal and shared spots
Public pickup/delivery spots are placed everywhere througout the city. In addition to public spots, people can opt to let their private spots be used by others.
is connected to the internet (5G, landline, Wifi)
has a weight scale built into it
has a clear view of the sky
continously checks and broadcasts its GPS location
The pickup/delivery process
The drones never land. At pickup, they lower a mechanism to grip the standard container. At delivery they release the gripping mechanism as soon as the container touches the floor. They can stack multiple containers on top of each other.
Every package has an ID. Every drone has an ID. Every pickup/delivery spot has an ID. Every flight has an ID.
The drone doesn't depart to pick the package up unless the pickup spot with the right ID signals that the package with the right ID is ready to be picked up and the delivery spot with the right ID is expecting delivery. When everything is in place, the drone takes off and estimated completion times are updated on the pickup spot, delivery spot, sender's app, recipient's app, and the drone operator's system.
When someone wants to send something without the recipient's prior knowledge, the drone doesn't depart until the recipient confirms that they will be expecting the shipment around the estimated time and take full responsibility for it.
The central control system assigns nearby drones to take care of multiple deliveries if those are on the way. For example if a delivery spot is nearby another pickup spot, the same drone takes both flights.
All shipments have a maximum weight and have to be packaged in standard drone containers. The containers are affordable, made of waterproof cardboard. They are reusable until damaged enough to make a shipment unsafe.
People pay per kilometer/mile. The person who pays for the shipment can select the urgency level. The higher the fee, the faster a drone will come to pick up the shipment. In the app you can see the estimated pickup/delivery time based on the fee. You can pull the slider up or down to modify this setting.
The drones automatically recharge on various rooftop charges througout the city.
Anyone with a suitable/seucre location can build a charging pad on their rooftop and earn money when random drones land to recharge themselves. The charging spot has to be approved by the drone service, secure, and monitored.
You order food via an app and opt to have it delivered by a drone. Assign a nearby delivery spot. The restaurant prepares your food and assigns a pickup spot. The drone takes off, collects the shipment and delivers it to the delivery spot.
Send anything to anyone via the same process as long as the goods are in the standard container and not over weight.
Send your shipment worldwide by having a drone pick it up and drop it off at the postal service, that then forwards it internationally via standard routes. First and last mile handled by drones.