Is it a Pigeon, a Stork? OMG It’s a Drone Delivering Package
Drones are majorly deployed by e-commerce companies and several governments and private organizations to deliver time-sensitive goods, food, medicines and emergency response. Also, use of these drones help to reduce ground traffic. British startup BIZZBY Sky, La Poste—national post service in France, Google, Amazon, Walmart, and DHL are investigating and testing on drones for package deliveries. For example, Amazon’s drone, Prime Air is designed for rapid delivery of packages up to five pounds to its customers around the world in maximum 30 minutes.
For industries like manufacturing or constructions, there is a need for drone which can not only handle heavy materials but also easily roam in every geographical area. Recently, SkyDrive Inc. has successfully launched test flights of a cargo drone that can transport and speed up the movement of equipment in remote locations. It was carried out to test the technology by moving heavy equipment with a load capacity of 30 kg in remote locations.
SkyDrive CEO, Tomohiro Fukuzawa said, "We are delighted to successfully test this world-leading technology. Our cargo drone has proven to deliver by safely lifting loads of up to 20 kg in a mountainous area - saving time and money. We look forward to expanding on this success by testing heavier loads for customers in the future. Our quest is to create cutting-edge technology that will improve the productivity of businesses across the world -- and today we celebrate a key milestone in making that happen."
In Healthcare too, the use of drone to deliver laboratory samples, medicines, medical devices/equipments, and medicines in remote areas is increasing. This technological advancement will be used frequently in case of emergencies and that will help to boost the healthcare sector.
Europe is among the leading regions which are widely implementing artificial intelligence (AI) into its various business functions including drone's services. This adoption is increasing the rate and growth of drone Logistics & Transportation market. As per a report by The Insight Partners, drone logistics & transportation market in Europe is expected to grow to US$ 510.87 Million by 2027. This represents a CAGR of 61.0% from the year 2019 to 2027. There are some companies that are already in the market such as, Flytrex, Zipline, Drone Delivery Canada Corp., Flirtey and Hardis Groupe and SAS among others.
The scope of drone deliveries is entering The United States too. Army of the U.S. is exploring utilization of drones to provide supplies to the soldiers on the field. The U.S. Marines have successfully used unmanned KMAX helicopter to offer two million kilograms of supplies to the units in Afghanistan. According to another report by The Insight Partners on drone logistics & transportation market for North America, it is expected to grow to US$ 525.35 Million by 2027 with CAGR of 55.67% from the year 2019 to 2027.
Even though the drone system has eased the delivery process and reduced human efforts, many governmental regulations, in some countries, have restricted the use of it for commercial deliveries. In these countries, it is necessary for companies to gain permission from the government to utilize the service.
For instance, ZF Friedrichshafen AG is a first German company which has received a permit from the Stuttgart Regional Administrative Authority and the German Air Traffic Control (DFS), to use autonomous drones for the transportation of goods in its premise specifically in plant. Such approvals and initiatives help the companies to widen the scope of delivery drones.
Industrial applications of drone will surely influence the market and open new opportunities and business models in the coming years. But, high cost and lack of internet connectivity are the factors that will restrain the use of this technology.
Neha writes articles on sectors including medicine, food, materials, and science & technology. A qualified statistician, she has the ability to observe and analyze the trends in global markets and write compelling articles that help CXOs in decision making. She is a bookworm and loves to read fiction, lifestyle, science and technology. Neha comes with 6 years of experience in content writing and editing that involves blog writing, preparation of study materials and OERs.