A Model of Residential Mail Delivery by Drones

  • Monica G. CojocaruEmail author
  • Edward W. Thommes
  • Sierra Gillies
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 279)


This paper proposes and analyzes a model of mail delivery in mid-size Canadian urban areas consisting of retrofitting current delivery trucks with a limited number of drones, which can be flown to a number of addresses in a given urban area. Such a truck would then travel between specific locations (called truck-stops), where drone deployment would be executed from. The designated truck-stops are outputs of a proposed algorithm that uses delivery demand data and drone characteristics; they change depending on the needed delivery coverage on a given day. We discuss whether this delivery method could be used in different types of urban areas, where the time to delivery to customers can be shortened, as compared to classic door-to-door delivery.


Mail delivery Drones Logistics of truck with drones Time to delivery estimates 



This work was supported by the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) under Discovery Grant [number 400684] of first author, under Discovery Grant [number 400551] of the 2nd author and an NSERC USRA award for undergraduate students (3rd author).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica G. Cojocaru
    • 1
    Email author
  • Edward W. Thommes
    • 1
  • Sierra Gillies
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics & StatisticsUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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