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1. WO2020118187 - A CONTAINMENT UNIT FOR FACILITATING PARCEL DELIVERY BY UNMANNED TERRESTIAL VEHICLES

Publication Number WO/2020/118187
Publication Date 11.06.2020
International Application No. PCT/US2019/064945
International Filing Date 06.12.2019
IPC
B64F 1/32 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
FGROUND OR AIRCRAFT-CARRIER-DECK INSTALLATIONS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH AIRCRAFT; DESIGNING, MANUFACTURING, ASSEMBLING, CLEANING, MAINTAINING OR REPAIRING AIRCRAFT, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; HANDLING, TRANSPORTING, TESTING OR INSPECTING AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
1Ground or aircraft-carrier-deck installations
32for handling freight
A47G 29/14 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
29Supports, holders, or containers for household use, not provided for in groups A47G1/-A47G27/131
14Deposit receptacles for food, e.g. breakfast, milk; Similar receptacles for large parcels with appliances for preventing unauthorised removal of the deposited articles
A47G 29/22 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
29Supports, holders, or containers for household use, not provided for in groups A47G1/-A47G27/131
14Deposit receptacles for food, e.g. breakfast, milk; Similar receptacles for large parcels with appliances for preventing unauthorised removal of the deposited articles
20with appliances for preventing unauthorised removal of the deposited articles
22having rotatable or reciprocable parts
B64C 39/02 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
39Aircraft not otherwise provided for
02characterised by special use
B64D 1/02 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
DEQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT
1Dropping, ejecting, releasing, or receiving articles, liquids, or the like, in flight
02Dropping, ejecting, or releasing articles
B64D 1/22 2006.01
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
DEQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT
1Dropping, ejecting, releasing, or receiving articles, liquids, or the like, in flight
22Taking-up articles from earth's surface
CPC
A47G 2029/147
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
29Miscellaneous supports, holders, or containers for household use
14Deposit receptacles for food, e.g. breakfast, milk ; , or large parcels; Similar receptacles for ; food or; large parcels with appliances for preventing unauthorised removal of the deposited articles ; , i.e. food or large parcels
141comprising electronically controlled locking means
147the receptacle comprising heating or cooling means
A47G 2029/149
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
29Miscellaneous supports, holders, or containers for household use
14Deposit receptacles for food, e.g. breakfast, milk ; , or large parcels; Similar receptacles for ; food or; large parcels with appliances for preventing unauthorised removal of the deposited articles ; , i.e. food or large parcels
141comprising electronically controlled locking means
149with central server link
A47G 29/141
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
29Miscellaneous supports, holders, or containers for household use
14Deposit receptacles for food, e.g. breakfast, milk ; , or large parcels; Similar receptacles for ; food or; large parcels with appliances for preventing unauthorised removal of the deposited articles ; , i.e. food or large parcels
141comprising electronically controlled locking means
A47G 29/22
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
29Miscellaneous supports, holders, or containers for household use
14Deposit receptacles for food, e.g. breakfast, milk ; , or large parcels; Similar receptacles for ; food or; large parcels with appliances for preventing unauthorised removal of the deposited articles ; , i.e. food or large parcels
20with appliances for preventing unauthorised removal of the deposited articles
22having rotatable or reciprocable parts
A47G 29/30
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
29Miscellaneous supports, holders, or containers for household use
14Deposit receptacles for food, e.g. breakfast, milk ; , or large parcels; Similar receptacles for ; food or; large parcels with appliances for preventing unauthorised removal of the deposited articles ; , i.e. food or large parcels
30Accessories, e.g. signalling devices, lamps, means for leaving messages
B64C 2201/027
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
64AIRCRAFT; AVIATION; COSMONAUTICS
CAEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS
2201Unmanned aerial vehicles; Equipment therefor
02characterized by type of aircraft
027Flying platforms
Applicants
  • UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC. [US]/[US]
Inventors
  • GIL, Julio
Agents
  • THOMAS, Bradley W.
Priority Data
16/704,97405.12.2019US
62/776,35506.12.2018US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) A CONTAINMENT UNIT FOR FACILITATING PARCEL DELIVERY BY UNMANNED TERRESTIAL VEHICLES
(FR) UNITÉ DE CONFINEMENT PERMETTANT DE FACILITER LA LIVRAISON DE COLIS PAR DES VÉHICULES TERRESTRES SANS PILOTE
Abstract
(EN)
A containment unit that facilitates delivery of parcels using drones is provided. An example containment unit comprises an inner housing unit and an outer housing unit. The inner housing unit includes a first and second sidewall that are connected by an end piece and have a bottom opening in between. The inner housing unit is movable from a retracted position over a floor of the containment unit to an extended position, where a portion of the opening is extended beyond the floor. A parcel may be inserted into a volume of space within the inner housing unit from below through the opening and pulled into the containment unit by the end piece when the inner housing unit is retracted. The containment unit can be used as part of a drone delivery system that can also include an elevated delivery platform, a computer application, or any combination of these aspects.
(FR)
L'invention concerne une unité de confinement qui facilite la livraison de colis à l'aide de drones. Un exemple d'unité de confinement comporte une unité de logement interne et une unité de logement externe. L'unité de logement interne comprend une première et une seconde paroi latérale qui sont reliées par une pièce d'extrémité et présentent une ouverture inférieure entre elles. L'unité de logement interne est mobile d'une position rétractée sur un fond de l'unité de confinement à une position déployée, où une partie de l'ouverture est déployée au-delà du fond. Un colis peut être inséré dans un volume d'espace à l'intérieur de l'unité de logement interne par le bas à travers l'ouverture et tiré dans l'unité de confinement par la pièce d'extrémité lorsque l'unité de logement interne est rétractée. L'unité de confinement peut être utilisée en tant que partie d'un système de livraison par drone qui peut également comprendre une plateforme de livraison élevée, une application informatique ou toute combinaison de ces aspects.
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