In a more practical use of drones, a couple in Japan ordered a wine delivery in the midst of a 14-day Coronavirus quarantine.
Yes, while it can be very hazardous for personnel to roam in quarantined locations, robotics can be an amazing helping hand.
The incident happened at a cruise liner in Japan. An Australian couple wanted to see if they could have some wine delivered aboard the ship. While it was very unlikely that personnel would allow human delivery aboard, a flying drone was no issue.
The concept is a very solid one. Drones can deliver small packages such as groceries to places where human delivery may not be ideal. With the recent rising concerns on germ spreading, a machine delivering your goods can help eliminate this threat.
This particular wine delivery also gives insight to delivering aboard ships. With such a small space to maneuver and far from any land, it can be difficult to deliver items. Drones capable of vertical takeoff and landing can use even the smallest of spaces in order to deliver. For drones that cannot do this, an alternative is also possible. Drones can drop the packages from above with a parachute. The accuracy of these drones are also formidable, being able to drop a package within a small space.
Of course, battery life is also another issue to consider when doing long distance deliveries. Ships in the middle of the ocean for instance may still have trouble with drone deliveries. Without any landing station between the source and the destination, a drone would require a substantial amount of power.
Or, a drone requires an alternative power source to keep going. Solar panels for instance attached on a drone’s body can help generate power mid-flight. Whether it is for health reasons, a matter of convenience, or for speed, drone deliveries come out on top against the competition.