HorseFly

Drone Delivery System for Package Delivery Companies

HorseFly

The HorseFly™ UAV Delivery system is a custom built, high efficiency hexacopter-based delivery UAV that is fully integrated with our line of electric/hybrid delivery trucks. The HorseFly system is designed to conform to the FAA guidelines for UAV operation in the U.S. Most notably, being fully integrated with delivery trucks, the system is designed such that a driver or driver’s assistant can maintain line-of-sight operation of the UAV delivery process.

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Delivery APP

Our Delivery APP is a custom HorseFly user control center. Built by Workhorse this technology allows the user a variety of monitoring options which include location of: package, truck, drone and real time onboard video of Horsefly.

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Electric NGEN Truck

Our autonomous system is intergrated with the NGEN Electric Delivery Vehicles. The truck is the jumping off point for the drone and then the pair will meet after the delivery is complete. The truck features a control center for the driver and auto-landing Horsefly roof with charging capabilities.

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HorseFly Drone

The HorseFly is a 6 rotor UAV that can fly fully autonomously. Our custom-built drone is designed for safety, efficiency, and can undergo the riggers of day to day delivery.

Drone Specs








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Specifications

Empty Weight
22 lbs. [without battery]
Payload Volume
0.6 cu. ft.
Configuration
6-Rotor
Guidance System
Autonomous GPS and Compass (in-flight)
RF Beacons (landing)
Remote Human Monitored
Max Speed
45 mph
Battery Pack
Custom 18650 based pack
Communication
LTE Onboard Data Connection
Energy Use Cost
$0.03 per mile

Winch

The Winch System provides another element of safety by lowering the package from the Horsefly while it hovers at 30ft in the air. This allows the delivery to be made high in the sky while keeping a generous distance from humans or animals. The Winch has a break free line if threatened and can also release at the package’s final location.

Safety

Safety is the main priority of the HorseFly Delivery System. The HorseFly was designed with many safety features that include: prop guards, image avoidance, and the ability to fly with a nonfunctional motor or propeller. We have redundancy built into the mechanics on every level. The software allows for human monitoring and can be intercepted if needed.

“Workhorse is working closely with The FAA. All deliveries are done in adherence to regulations and under full cooperation of U.S. Air Traffic Control.”




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Workhorse has collaborated with UPS to test the HorseFly Delivery System on actual UPS delivery routes. UPS estimates that, "...a reduction of just one mile per driver per day over one year can save UPS up to $50 million."

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We recently delivered shoes to some lucky StockX customers in the Detroit aera with the Electirc NGEN and the fully autonomous HorseFly Delivery System.

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The HorseFly Drone is on display at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The exhibit is open to the public and runs until March 31, 2019.

Photos provided by Matt Flynn and Scott Rudd Associates

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