The SF Express company, based out of Shenzhen, has begun developing delivery helicopter drones capable of ferrying packages long distances with virtually no human control required. Unlike previous remote-controlled cake delivery systems, the drones are designed to be self-navigating and extremely precise.
The drones are still in their early stages, but there is a lot of interesting tech going into their creation, as South China Morning Post reports:
According to spokespersons from SF Express who shared details with Chinese media, the drones were developed as a potential solution for delivery to remote areas. These “hi-tech” shipping machines are independently developed by the company and all come with built-in navigation systems that only require input of address and flight path. Staff controlling the drones will be able to monitor the drone’s movements and correct each machine’s position within two metres. […]
Since 2011, a group of students on the mainland’s Harbin Engineering University have been developing a start-up company they call “Linkall,” which also uses drones for delivery […] Linkall drone test runs in early 2013 showed that the drones were capable of delivering pizza successfully, and development and refinement of the machines is continuing.
Anything that could be described as “flying robot delivered pizza” will automatically get the Shanghaiist seal of approval.
[Images on Weibo, via South China Morning Post]