Recently, a new parcel delivery method has been emerged, which involves Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also known as drones, assisting traditional trucks in last-mile delivery across logistic networks. This method generally combines a truck and one drone or more to handle the delivery processes to customers. And this paper tends to calculate the optimal route of this drone-assisted delivery system, the objective is to minimize the operational time and energy cost. I developed a heuristic solution approach which implements an effective Genetic Algorithm to solve and simulate this delivery system of practical size, this program can automatically generate the on-screen best route results and show the total operational time and energy cost.
Liu, Lanyi, "Optimization of Drone-Assisted Delivery System" (2018). Optimization Methods in Engineering. 3.