SkyDrive, Inc. has announced it has launched test flights of a cargo drone that could revolutionize the way heavy goods are transported, and speed up the movement of equipment in remote locations, the company said.
The first operational testing took place in early December in Toyota City, Japan. It was carried out to test the technology by moving heavy equipment in remote locations. Additional testing will be carried out later in the month.
This new technology has been tested with a load capacity of 30kg – utilizing SkyDrive´s world-leading aircraft development technology to achieve high safety standards. There is the potential to develop this further and achieve greater capacity loads of up to 50kg and 80kg, according to demand. The cargo drone also has the potential to change the way products are moved from manufacturers to warehouses and onto depots.
SkyDrive is developing the cargo drone for use in industries that carry heavy materials on complex terrain such as slopes, mountain valleys, overpasses, power transmission towers, civil engineering/construction sites, agricultural fields, etc. Usage of cargo drones will help avoid dangerous works, save personnel and shorten the term of works. So, SkyDrive can contribute to responding to labor shortages and improving Japan´s labor productivity sagging due to its declining population.