Delivery drones have demonstrated immense potential; nevertheless, regulatory apprehension makes it somehow tough to soar them in highly civilized areas—and this is exactly why the act and practice of Rakuten in Japan is eminently reasonable.
As you can observe in videos, the drone built by Rakuten is capable of dealing with severe wind, even if IDG accounted that the service would be left in absolute terrible conditions.
It is expected to be capable of carrying objects weighing up to 2 kg in whole as it is built with six-rotor machine with the intention to carry huge materials.
Rakuten is just like Amazon, it also runs on drone technology, and now the tech giant has decided to focus on golf courses for their initial services.
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A recent report by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University concluded that, based on bird strike data, “small UAS under 2 kg pose a negligible risk to the safety of the national airspace.”
The Mercatus analysts estimate that a collision between this class of drone and a commercial aircraft resulting in an injury or fatality would likely occur no more than once per 187 million years of drone flight time. And of course, it is worth noting that the most popular models of consumer drones fall below this 4.4-pound threshold and are therefore even as less likely to cause damage to a manned aircraft in the unlikely event of a collision.
To date, it has not been confirmed that any drone has struck a manned civilian aircraft. But should such an event occur, there is no reason to believe that it would be automatically fatal to the aircraft. In fact, there is little to suggest that drones weighing less than 4.4 pounds will have a different effect on aircraft than bird strikes of similar size and weight.
Such strikes are relatively routine. And while they can certainly cause damage to an aircraft, incidents where a single bird strike has brought down an aircraft or caused harm to the passengers on board are vanishingly rare.
In a press statement made public by Japan Times, a Rakuten spokeswoman has hinted that the position was selected “since there are regulations that restrict drones from flying over crowded areas such as (urban) yards and verandas.”
It was confirmed that the Tenku drone is dazzling pink, plus it will make use of Rakuten’s image-recognition technology to land. Judging from the videos released, this will allow the drone to find a visibly segregated landing spot (just like the idea of Amazon’s landing pad, although bigger).
From May 9 onward, Rakuten’s “Sora Raku” service will get a month-length examination at the Camel Golf Resort which is located in Chiba Prefecture. Using an app, golfers will be able to demand the release of golf tools, food, and drinks—and a “Tenku” drone will grant their requests.
Rakuten has declared that it hopes the test would “make drones more widely accepted among consumers.” The company is also taking into account using drones for deliveries in secluded regions and catastrophe zones—and obviously in its heart e-commerce platform.