A few months after the project began, the initial development phase has now concluded, following extensive testing in real-life conditions at the sites of Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône (near Paris) and Plaisance-du-Touch (near Toulouse, France).
The initial prototype comprises a quadcopter drone with high-resolution cameras and a ground-based, battery-equipped robot. Capable of identifying pallets in low-light conditions, the solution is operated using several dedicated electronics and computer systems.
The system, which collects and reports data in real time, aims to integrate the entire value chain, including data processing and retrieval in the Geodis information system, the companies say.
Earlier this year, Geodis and Delta Drone signed an agreement on the joint development of the solution. The final delivery of a completed prototype is planned for the first quarter of 2017.
The start of the industrial development phase will follow; after that, the companies expect the solution to be in operational use at Geodis warehouses and its customers in France and around the world.