When drones take public transport: Towards low cost and large range parcel delivery

Hailong Huang, Andrey V. Savkin, Chao Huang

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Though drones have become a promising tool for parcel delivery, due to the limited capacity of the on-board battery, their flight range is constrained. To enlarge the coverage range, the paper proposes a novel method, in which a parcel delivery drone can 'take' a public transportation vehicle and travel on its roof. We investigate how to make use of the public transportation network to route the drone between the depot and a customer. Considering the complexity of the public transportation network, its randomness and time-dependency, instead of off-line planning a global optimal path, an adaptive algorithm is developed. Simulation results are presented to demonstrate how the proposed approach works.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE 17th International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728129273
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event17th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2019 - Helsinki-Espoo, Finland
Duration: 22 Jul 201925 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics (INDIN)
ISSN (Print)1935-4576


Conference17th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2019


  • Control of parcel delivery systems
  • Drones
  • Parcel delivery
  • Public transportation network
  • UAVs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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