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We’ve all seen it in movies: a futuristic society with flying cars and drones buzzing around delivering the mail.
It seems like something we’ll never see in our lifetime, but it’s actually here today.
Companies are starting to use the capabilities of autonomous drones to deliver packages and complete other logistics operations. Amazon is one of the companies pioneering technology like this.
But how far along are we? Are autonomous drones really at the level of being able to deliver parcels to our front door?
Read on to find out all about how autonomous drones are changing the landscape of logistics as we know it.
What Does Autonomous Drone Delivery Look Like?
When people think of autonomous drone delivery, they picture a drone flying up to their doorstep to drop off their packages. While many companies are working to make this a reality, drone delivery can come in many forms.
One of the other popular drone variations being used is a robot-like drone that can drive along the ground. This vehicle would roll up to your doorstep and drop off your packages. According to Fortune Business Insights™, The global small drone market size was USD 7,720.3 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 35,009.4 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 24.11% during the forecast period.
Who knows? Drones may even have the capability to ring your doorbell and accept your signature as well! We wouldn’t doubt it.
Advantages of Autonomous Drone Delivery
So, why all the interest in moving to drone delivery systems? Well, one advantage is speed.
Companies see it as completely possible for packages to be delivered within 30 minutes or less using drones. Amazon’s one-day delivery is amazing enough. Deliveries in 30 minutes could be game-changing. In certain industries, 30-minute deliveries could be life-changing!
Internet shopping and current e-commerce trends create a new phenomenon known as last-mile delivery.
Delivery trucks are driving through our cities all day long. They make stop after stop, burning high amounts of fossil fuels and increasing carbon emissions. And, because of the way people are shopping these days, a lot of these deliveries are only for one or two items.
Driving through the city streets for hours to perform one or two-item deliveries stop after the stop has become very inefficient. This has companies brainstorming greener, more efficient, and less expensive forms of deliveries.
Using drones is a great solution to this problem. Drones can fly for deliveries at any time: day or night.
Drones Cut Costs
Drones, unlike human employees, also don’t need any vacation time or sick leave. They don’t require a salary or wage either. The only costs of a drone are the initial purchase and the power to charge the battery.
This brings us to the next cost-cutting aspect of drones. Battery technology. The “hybrid car” race around the globe makes way for great leaps in battery technology. The technology to charge drones, and produce their batteries, is improving so much that costs to produce the batteries are the lowest they’ve ever been.
If you’d like to learn more about what autonomous drones can do for you, check out DrDrone for more information.
To Infinity and Beyond
Autonomous drones are the wave of the future. No matter where you stand on the issue, the benefits are hard to ignore.
Sure, it may seem creepy to live in an autonomous electric vehicle society, but we think that the benefits will greatly outweigh any drawbacks.
The only thing we foresee in the future is getting our packages delivered faster. We don’t foresee any apocalyptic robot wars. But what do you think?
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