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Drone vs. truck: Which is better for planet?

Horsefly delivery system
Workhorse Group’s HorseFly delivery system makes use of drones and trucks. (Workhorse via YouTube)

Delivering items with drones instead of trucks is likely to reduce carbon dioxide emissions for short-range trips, or on routes with few customers, according to a study conducted by transportation engineers at the University of Washington. The study, set for publication in Transportation Research Part D, suggests that trucks have the environmental advantage for longer-range trips and routes with lots of stops. Also, size matters.

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By Alan Boyle

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