Drone Delivery Canada joins research project with Toronto University, Ford Motor

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Drone Delivery Canada has been invited to participate in a research endeavour with the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and Ford Motor Company. Under the terms of the agreement, the parties shall cooperate and work jointly towards testing an automated drone as it tracks and lands on a moving ground vehicle within the flight arena.

Michael Zahra, president and CEO of DDC, “As a clear leader in the drone logistics industry globally, we are pleased to be working with world-class organizations such as UTIAS and Ford to advance our technology and applications for drone delivery. We continue to move the industry forward and these advances can create further commercial use cases for drone delivery. We have a proud history of R&D which has resulted in unique and patented intellectual property and the successful commercialization of our advanced logistics solution.”

“This work could greatly expand the applications quadrotor drones are useful for. The more advanced they become, the better they will be at inspecting infrastructure, search and rescue in remote environments, tracking moving objects for security, and delivering light-weight packages. We want to execute repeated landings on the moving vehicle, maintaining the relative position accuracy to within 10 centimeters, even as the speed of the target vehicle increases,” said associate professor Steven Waslander, University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies.

“Foundational research infrastructure, coupled with world-class researchers, leads to groundbreaking discoveries,” said Ramin Farnood, University of Toronto Engineering’s vice-dean of Research. He concluded, “With the support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, our U of T Engineering researchers can continue to be leaders in their field and make positive, vital contributions to our society and the economy.”

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