I knew it was just a matter of time before the technology took off. This week, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that his online store is developing a drone-based delivery service.” The Amazon drones, called octopeters, are expected to deliver products to customers only a half-hour after they click the “buy” button.
This “science-fiction” approach to deliveries is still a few years away, but it’s no longer out of the range of possibilities. And won’t it be fun to watch a recently ordered item literally drop out of the sky?
The Amazon Drones
The Amazon drone is the size of a flat-screen monitor powered by electric motors. It follows GPS coordinates to drop items off at target locations. “The hard part here is putting in all the redundancy, all the reliability, all the systems you need to say, ‘Look, this thing can’t land on somebody’s head while they’re walking around their neighborhood,'” Bezos told CBS 60 Minutes.
And this is where ANSYS engineering simulation comes in. Today, product differentiation increasingly depends on embedded software, including complex control code and user-friendly human–machine interfaces — which in turn increases product complexity and risk. So the latest ANSYS capability optimizes embedded code. SCADE Suite offers the unique capability to graphically design, verify and automatically generate embedded software for smart product applications — like drones.
In fact, there’s a Brazilian company that’s been using SCADE simulation tools to successfully develop its drones. Xmobots Group found that SCADE’s modeling capabilities reduced the need for hand coding. “The first UAV version we made was 100 percent hand coded, so if we needed to change something it was terrible. That drone took more than two years to complete. With SCADE, it all changed. We drastically reduced the amount of time needed to make improvements,” said Fabio Assis, CFO and certification director for Xmobots. By leveraging SCADE, the company made three different drone versions in just one year.
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Technology is one of the catalysts in creating new markets and new opportunities. And companies that leverage technology to develop a solution will come out the winners — like Amazon and Xmobots.
For more information you can view the Xmobots presentation at the recent SCADE User Conference held in October 2013.