Ford Pairs Drone Delivery System With F-150
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Ford has developed a drone delivery system that could be deployed from the rear of an F-150 truck that could be used for emergency response or commercial uses in agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection or other surveying work.
Ford partnered with drone maker DJI to develop the system as part of its Ford Smart Mobility initiative studying ways to improve mobility, autonomous vehicle technology, customer experience, data, and analytics.
The system uses Ford SYNC and OpenXC software platforms to achieve drone-to-vehicle connectivity.
The system could allow first responders in the United Nations Development Program to inspect emergency zones caused by an earthquake or tsunami.