Stanford University researchers are working on a drone delivery system that uses transportation networks such as buses and trams.
People showed great interest in e-commerce during the quarantine days we were due to COVID-19. Due to the increasing demand for e-commerce, some problems occurred in the delivery of the ordered products. For this reason, busy shipping companies have a hard time responding to the rising demand.
The news that will facilitate the work of the cargo companies came from Stanford University. The Stanford University research team is working on an algorithm that allows drones to deliver using public transport networks. They think that the healthiest way to deliver using drones in cities with tall buildings is to use public transportation networks. However, there is a disadvantage that drones use public transport networks as routes, and that is distance. It is more advantageous to use delivery networks by following the shortest routes at the warehouse and destination. But this is not possible in big cities because of the buildings.
Stanford University also considered a solution to this problem. Thanks to the platforms that will be placed on public vehicles, drones can now travel on these vehicles and can be the passengers of the vehicle with the most suitable route for them by switching between vehicles. This feature maximizes the power saving of drones.
Stanford University focused on an algorithm that would allow the drone fleet to deliver simultaneously in the city. This algorithm will enable the drones to make transitions on public transport to save energy and will be comprehensive by minimizing the time required to complete delivery. To solve the problem, a two-layered algorithm system is considered.