Delivery vehicle including an unmanned aerial vehicle support mechanism

  • US 10,460,281 B2
  • Filed: 01/12/2018
  • Issued: 10/29/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/29/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A primary delivery vehicle configured for delivering parcels via an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the primary delivery vehicle comprising:

  • an interior compartment;

    a roof panel defining a portal, wherein the interior compartment is accessible through the portal;

    a UAV support mechanism positioned on the roof panel of the vehicle and configured for providing a landing surface for the UAV, the UAV support mechanism comprising;

    a pair of opposing rails extending in a longitudinal direction and positioned above the portal, wherein the opposing rails are spaced apart from one another in a lateral direction that is transverse to the longitudinal direction, the opposing rails defining;

    a landing region;

    a takeoff region positioned opposite the landing region; and

    a transport region positioned between the takeoff region and the landing region, wherein the transport region comprises a conveyor comprising a plurality of powered rollers, wherein the plurality of powered rollers is positioned within each of the opposing rails and along a length of each of the opposing rails.

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