Door-to-door drone package deliveries are taking off across the US. In this work we expose and study a newly emerging privacy issue.
FAA safety regulations require drones to broadcast their locations with an identifier (Remote ID). This allows any third party to track drones from vendors where they pick up products to customers' location, easily linking customers with products ranging from take-out food to prescription medications.
In our research "Routing with Privacy for Drone Package Delivery Systems" we first described this risk. We then developed routing strategies to mitigate the risk and studied their impact on efficiency. Our research paper was presented at the 2022 International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT) and won a best paper award.