Drone developed by Bell makes first delivery as part of transportation innovation project

The project is one of the developments tied to Alliance's Mobility Innovation Zone. (Courtesy Bell)
The project is one of the developments tied to Alliance's Mobility Innovation Zone. (Courtesy Bell)

The project is one of the developments tied to Alliance's Mobility Innovation Zone. (Courtesy Bell)

Image description
The drone's four-mile flight took it to a planned residential community in Northlake. (Courtesy Bell)
An unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Bell flew a preplanned, 4-mile route across the Alliance area to deliver a package for the first time Feb. 1.

The flight technology company's demonstration was designed to show the potential for drone involvement in both commercial deliveries and medical or disaster operations, according to a statement by Bell and real estate development company Hillwood.

“We are carving a path forward for future commercial operations to solve the supply chain challenges our world currently faces,” Hillwood Chair Ross Perot Jr. said about the project.

Hillwood, the company that partnered with Fort Worth to develop the area around the Fort Worth Alliance Airport, established a mobility innovation zone to develop transportation technologies, such as the Bell delivery drone, for commercial purposes. TuSimple, an autonomous trucking company, recently announced it will construct an Alliance facility to take advantage of the area’s infrastructure and resources.

The drone, called an autonomous pod transport, took off from the AllianceTexas Flight Test Center and landed at Pecan Square, a planned community in Northlake. The flight path included fields and residential areas and came close to I-35W, demonstrating different conditions that commercial deliveries require, and the varied landscape across the AllianceTexas development, according to the statement.


"There is a lot of money in logistics, and Dallas-Fort Worth has a producer and a consumer base,” Hillwood President Bill Burton said.
By Kira Lovell
Kira Lovell is a reporter covering Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-North Fort Worth. Before joining Community Impact, she majored in journalism at the University of Missouri and covered education and local arts for the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine.


MOST RECENT

The clock tower on Keller City Hall and a tree
Keller City Council approves city's second tax reinvestment zone

A portion of future property tax revenue will go to capital improvements on the city's west side.

The company also has plans for another location in Northeast Fort Worth. (Courtesy Starbucks)
Starbucks coming to Fort Worth; Makers Gym opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The restaurant's menu focuses on chicken wings and sandwiches. (Courtesy Hoots Wings)
Hooters offshoot to open in Fort Worth; Oishii Sushi coming to Plano and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

A Starbucks worker holding a to-go cup
Starbucks coming to Westport Parkway in Fort Worth

The coffee company is expanding this fall.

Take-out containers of food on a table surrounding a Hoots Wings bag
Hooters spinoff Hoots Wings to open in Fort Worth

The franchise is a fast-casual alternative to the well-known restaurant chain.

Early voting for the May 1 election runs April 19-27. (Community Impact staff)
Early voting opens for races on ballot in Keller, Roanoke, Northeast Fort Worth

Contested races on the ballot include mayors for Fort Worth and Roanoke, two Fort Worth City Council seats, two Keller City Council seats, three Roanoke City Council seats, two Keller ISD board of trustees seats and two Northwest ISD board of trustees seats.

Five candidates are vying for the Fort Worth City Council District 4 seat in May 2021. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Meet the candidates running for Fort Worth City Council District 4

Here are the five candidates running for the District 4 seat of Fort Worth City Council in the May 1 election

Jim's Pizza is relocating to Eldorado Parkway. (Community Impact staff)
Jim's Pizza relocating in McKinney; Lucy's Lot closes in Grapevine and more top DFW-area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Confederate memorial outside the Denton County-Courthouse-on-the-Square
Texas Historical Commission approves relocation of Denton County's Confederate memorial

The Texas Historical Commission executive committee unanimously approved plans to relocate the Confederate monument to its new home inside the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum.

The Spicy Fried Chicken Sando is one of several offerings on Fuku's menu. (Courtesy Fuku)
Fried chicken kitchen opens in Plano; The Heritage Table to reopen in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Rows of desks in a classroom
Northwest ISD updates COVID-19 precautions for outdoor activities, special events

The relaxed precautions will go into effect for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.