- 26 May 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
Drone technology firm Flirtey has been granted a patent that enables future drones to make safer and more precise deliveries.
The Flirtey patent covers a combination of software and hardware to deliver packages. These elements cover lifting up packages, holding them securely as well as lowering them at the point of delivery.
The package is lowered from the drone by a tether while it hovers and when the package is lowered the tether is retracted. The patent describes a drone with a suspension mechanism that is used to hold a package that is to be delivered or picked up, a locking mechanism to hold a release the package, and a mechanism to deliver the package.
Matthew Sweeny, founder and CEO of Flirtey, said, “We are thrilled that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Flirtey another patent that is fundamental to safe and precise drone delivery. This is not pie in the sky; this is the foundation of safe delivery and/or pickup of packages from the sky.”