Aerial delivery services using small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been proposed by major online retailers, logistics companies, and startups. An interdisciplinary project team at the University of Klagenfurt aims at contributing to the architectural setup and distributed control of such future systems.
Small UAVs have found their way to civil applications. A broad variety of UAV models has been developed and commercialized in the past few years and is available today for end users. UAVs fly routes in an autonomous manner, carry cameras for aerial photography, and may transport goods from one place to another. The range of applications is broad, including aerial monitoring of industrial plants and agriculture fields as well as support for first time responders in case of disasters.
Delivering goods via a network of UAVs becomes an option if classical means of transportation, like trucks, trains, and planes are inappropriate. First, this comes about…
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