Workhorse Group Inc. said the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a notice of allowance for the HorseFly Truck Launched Drone Package Delivery System patent application.
“The HorseFly system adheres to all current FAA safety regulations for drone package delivery, as each package is delivered within the delivery driver’s ‘line of sight’,” said Workhorse.
The truck-launched drone system is designed as follows:
- The truck delivery driver loads the package and launches the HorseFly drone
- The HorseFly drone autonomously launches from the roof of the delivery truck, gains altitude and proceeds to the delivery location
- At the delivery location the drone autonomously descends and the package is released
- The HorseFly drone returns to the delivery truck at a planned stop and autonomously redocks and recharges for its next delivery
“The HorseFly system provides significant cost efficiency by eliminating extra miles of driving to deliver packages,” added Workhorse.
Workhorse CEO Steve Burns said: “We believe, as we proceed with the patent application process, that the HorseFly truck launched drone package delivery system will be the first major change to the last mile delivery process since the invention of the truck.
“The HorseFly system is designed to work with the truck driver to increase efficiency.
“We feel this is a game-changing moment in time that will innovate the way packages are delivered for many years to come.”