Quadcopters may have a longer range sooner than you thought. With a little help from a friend, that is. A moving car (or other vehicle) could extend a delivery drone’s range by many miles.
Of course, you can argue that it’s hardly the drone doing all the work then. But the possibilities increase significantly when you combine these two technologies.
Check out the video that shows a quadcopter landing on a car traveling up to 50km per hour (about 30 mph).
Alexandre Borowczyk and friends at Mobile Robotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratory in Montreal are pioneering this drone/car setup.
Substitute the car with an appropriately-designed delivery truck, and the duo might never have to make a significant stop while making the rounds all day.
You can check out more details of this project here at MIT Technology Review.