While big corporations like Amazon are gearing up for massive drone delivery systems, smaller groups can still hop aboard the trend. Meet the idea of Zing. Using their own civilian drones, they can create delivery drones by simply adding baskets to carry the cargo.
The startup Zing plans to use DJI drones to deliver goods to nearby areas. Using their Zing delivery baskets, everyday drones can now carry packages for delivery. The design of the basket is simple, and it is light enough not to be a burden for the drone’s battery supply. It is 9 inches tall, and attaches itself to its host drone via Velcro.
The Zing basket design has similar flaws to other delivery drones. First, the small basket case means that only small items can be delivered. Another issue is the drone’s battery life itself. Most recreational drones fly 10-30 minutes – a number that comes without any added cargo. With added weight, the number goes even lower, giving the delivery a small window to travel.
Flying around with cargo can also create an imbalance on the part of the drone. Luckily, the Zing basket’s design helps minimize any resistance it may face while in the air.
On the Bright Side
The basket design itself is minimalistic. This means that items, which are temperature-sensitive or bump sensitive, may not be a wise choice. While the limitations for delivery drones are still there, it does provide the advantage of being easier to access. Adding a basket to a drone is a lot simpler than purchasing drones built for deliveries. This means that it is more accessible for smaller companies or even individuals wanting to send items to other people. It can be an excellent way for local food places to drone-deliver their takeout orders. It can also be a great way to do a side income, delivering things to homes.