FedEx shipments may soon arrive via autonomous cargo planes, as the company’s CEO, Fred Smith, said during Shareholders meeting Last week: FedEx is collaborating with (Reliable Robotics) To integrate the company’s autonomous aircraft into the delivery fleet.
And completed (Reliable Robotics), An aviation startup run by former engineers at Tesla and SpaceX. Test flights Of two autonomous aircraft last month, according to For a statement Company journalist.
According to documents Federal Aviation Administration, FedEx now has the much larger Cessna 208 Caravan (C208), a single-engine aircraft that can carry up to 14 passengers.
Smith said: This initiative deals with a smaller single-engine turboprop C208, and we look forward to placing it in remote and unpopulated areas as part of our network.
Rural areas are a potential test ground for drones, in part because it is easier to overcome regulatory hurdles when there is less infrastructure and fewer people.
However, FedEx has yet to phase out its existing fleet of delivery aircraft, and Smith told shareholders that the company has no plans to replace its existing fleet of aircraft with standalone alternatives.
He added that the airline’s crews do not need to worry about their jobs becoming automated in the foreseeable future.
The partnership is part of FedEx’s effort to reduce delivery costs by partially automating its supply chain.
And theAnnounced Wing Aviation, an aerial delivery company, on September 19, is partnering with FedEx Express to launch a pilot drone delivery program in Virginia.
And theRevealed FedEx also released its in-house fleet of independent delivery robots last year to help retailers with same-day deliveries.
FedEx is racing with several companies to gain a foothold in the automated delivery market, as it has received both The Google And UPS approved federal approval for drone delivery services, and in August the Amazon program got the approval.
Reliable Robotics said it is now working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to gradually bring this technology to market, which means it is on its way to getting federal approval.