2020 Is the Year US Drone Delivery Is Taking Off with FAA Approval

US drone delivery service has begun and taking off with FAA approval, and 2020 is the year for it. Amazon and Walmart are leading the way.

Last week, Amazon received FAA approval for delivery drone operation beyond a pilot’s visual line of sight, a huge hurdle that has hung up greater expansion of the service. Amazon said it is focusing on servicing rural areas. Read more here.

[…]The FAA designated Amazon Prime as an air carrier which allows it to operate under the same guidelines as charter operators and small airlines, according to a report.

Walmart is flying into the drone delivery zone, too.

This week the company launched a pilot drone delivery program in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In partnership with drone company Flytrex, the mega-retailer is initially planning to use drones to deliver grocery and household items. – Read more of the story here.

From another report, Walmart was said to have offered few details on the program, including how many drones are involved in the pilot and what checks (if any) customers need to make before receiving a delivery. “We know that it will be some time before we see millions of packages delivered via drone,” said Walmart senior vice president Tom Ward […]

Walmart drone delivery testing

It sounds surreal indeed like straight out of a science fiction or movie, as Ward said. Some people are wary as they see this as something that would displace actual people doing delivery jobs. For some, the technology is great especially for making same day, non-tipping deliveries possible.

Still, the idea of drones delivering your essential goods such as food and groceries is gaining speed.

Other companies are following suit, such as Wing and United Parcel Service Inc (UPS). Wing has been conducting drone deliveries in Virginia for the past year with its partners Walgreens and FedEx Corp while UPS delivers medical supplies within a hospital campus in Raleigh North Carolina. Drone Express is testing beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights in Springfield Ohio. The company hopes to achieve FAA certification for its BVLOS technology by the end of the year. – Read full story.

Meanwhile, as to which companies will dominate the drone deliveryskies, an article by the World Economic Forum offers three factors that will determine that:

  • Who builds the drone?
  • Is there an existing logistics network?
  • What’s the tech X-Factor?

Read the full article here.

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