Zoning a Service Area of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Package Delivery Services

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Abstract

Package delivery services by deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have received considerable attention due to their significant potential benefits. One of the scenarios making the concept more attractive is to deploy large numbers of UAVs to properly handle increasing demands for the service by the units. However, it is challenging because it increases the difficulty of UAV control as well as the complexity of the scheduling problems involved in the service. To tackle the issues, we propose a systematic approach that decomposes a service area into several disjoint zones. Within a zone, a single UAV at most can be operated. To verify the advantages and performance of the proposed approach, we first optimize the zoning, i.e. a service area decomposition, applying Genetic Algorithm (GA). We then evaluate the service level of the package deliveries by UAVs under the proposed approach using a simulation model.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems
Volume97
Issue number3-4
Pages (from-to)719-731
Number of pages13
ISSN0921-0296
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Aerial space design
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • Zoning

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