Stanford lab envisions delivery drones that save energy by taking the bus

Venture Beat | Jun 3, 2020 at 6:16 PM
  • Researchers from Stanford University have devised a way for hundreds of drones to use the bus or trams in an effort to redesign how packages are distributed in cities.
  • The AI network is made for cities with up to 8,000 stops, and experiments were conducted specifically in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For context, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) covers an area of 150km2 and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) covers an area of roughly 400km2.
  • Researchers did not consult SFMTA or WMATA officials, but that could make sense after further research to discover additional externalities or potential impact on urban communities.