A drone that can carry 30 kg of luggage Start-up company developed December 16, 2:01
A large drone capable of carrying a 30-kg baggage was developed, and a demonstration flight for practical use began. Because it can handle heavier loads than general drones, it is expected to be used as a new means of transportation in places where people and cars are difficult to enter, such as in the mountains and steep slopes.
The large-sized drone was developed by a person from Toyota Motor Corporation, who was working on making a so-called “flying car” at SkyDrive, a startup company founded in Tokyo last year.
The drone is 1.3 meters long and 1.7 meters wide, can carry 30 kilograms of luggage, and has the ability to unload luggage with a wire so that it can be delivered without landing.
There are many drones that carry a few kilograms of luggage, but the company has been able to carry heavier things with its aircraft control technology.
Aiming to be used as a new means of transportation in places where people and cars are hard to enter, the company started a demonstration flight this month carrying construction equipment in the mountains of Aichi Prefecture for practical use.
The company aims to develop a drone that can carry up to 100kg in the future.
Development of heavier loads far away
Drones are widely used for checking disaster damage using cameras and sensors, inspecting infrastructure facilities such as bridges and roads, and grasping the growth of crops, and will be used in transportation services in the future. It is expected that
Rakuten and Seiyu, who jointly operate the Internet supermarket business, have embarked on a service that uses drones to deliver ingredients to uninhabited islands and Sarushima Island off Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture this summer.
Japan Post has been using drones since November last year to carry luggage between post offices 9 km away in Fukushima Prefecture.
Many of these transport drones weigh only a few kilograms at a time, and technology to increase the distance that can be carried between drone manufacturers and the distance they can fly to expand usage. Development is underway.