At Zing, we're developing a peer to peer delivery system that connects any two people using a DJI drone, the Zing app, and the Zing delivery box.
We envision a future where the everyday drone pilot can make deliveries around their community with the same drones they have been using for photography. Whether it’s a cup of sugar to the neighbor down the road, a tool across the farm, a part from one factory building to another, or any number of use cases where it’s more convenient or effective to send a small item by drone. Current drones have both the physical and technological capabilities to do this. We are building Zing for the everyday drone pilot to facilitate these point to point deliveries using the drones they already have. We also hope to lay the ground work for eventual commercial deliveries that could enable more than 90,000 certified drone pilots to earn money using their own drones. To do all this, we have built a fully functional mobile app and delivery device for the world's most trusted drones, DJI's Mavic series. Zing's app allows drones to fly on autopilot and the Zing Delivery box is aerodynamic and lightweight. Our next step is to improve our iOS app's features and functionality, develop an Android app, and improve Zing delivery box production through contract manufacturing.
The Zing Drone Delivery app is being used to beta test our delivery system. It is compatible with every DJI drone right out of the box. It connects a drone pilot with someone they know to make a delivery they have discussed beforehand. There have already been over 150 deliveries made on the app! With the funds we raise, we will build an Android app to open up our app to millions of people around the globe! Currently only available on iOS
We built a delivery device that turns the DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic Pro 2 and Mavic 2 Zoom, owned by a very large percentage of certified pilots, into a fully functional delivery drone. The delivery box is aerodynamic and lightweight, allowing the drone to handle as if nothing was even attached.
Risks and challenges
There are three Part 107 FAA regulations in place which directly affect drone delivery in the United States as of early 2019. These are:
§107.31 Visual line of sight aircraft operation.
§107.39 Operation over human beings.
§107.41 Operation in certain airspace.
Progress with §107.31 and §107.39:
NASA is currently completing the final phase of the UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) program where they are testing drone deliveries in 13 testing sites around the United States. Once this is completed in September of 2019, we are likely going to see new regulations. Flying beyond line of sight and over people are being actively tested in the UTM program.
Progress with §107.41:
The FAA has rolled out LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability) throughout the entire United States. This allows drone pilots to get ATC clearance within 90 seconds of requests. They are currently working closely with companies, including DJI, to automate the process.
We require all of our drone pilots to fly in strict compliance within the regulations of the FAA or similar regulatory bodies.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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