The How-to’s of Drone Delivery

Drone delivery is still in its infancy or experimental stage, not fully realized yet on a massive consumer scale in the US, as well as in other parts of the globe. Except for delivering relief goods in disaster areas, relying on a drone to deliver your online purchase, just like you would your regular courier, may take quite some time.

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But in what manner will delivery drones execute such task? Let’s see some of the ways:

Zipline’s self-described “elegant” parachutes are one potential solution, but delivery developers have come up with other ideas. In its trial at Virginia Tech, Alphabet’s Project Wing hovers in the air while it lowers the package – a Chipotle burrito – onto a target via a cord. However, it does this in the middle of a desolate field, not a busy suburb. Read more at:

A British logistics expert and entrepreneur has developed an edible drone that could deliver food relief in the immediate aftermath of major disasters.The Pouncer drone is made of an edible, starch-based thermoplastic. Its creator says just one aircraft could deliver enough food to feed 80 people for a day. Read more at:

Meanwhile, some new developments:

Regarding Amazon: While the e-commerce giant has already delivered packages to paying customers in the U.K. using its aircraft, it did so by landing in a large patch of open ground. Now, in a patent, it has outlined how it could drop packages from the air instead.The patent describes a way to reliably eject a payload from a drone in midflight. Read more at:

DHL Express on Tuesday announced the launch of their On Demand Delivery service for the Sub Saharan Africa regions currently deployed in six (6) markets so far – South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mauritius, and Tanzania with plans to roll out to further countries in Sub Saharan Africa regions, to allow shippers and receivers globally to select from a range of standardized delivery options. Read more at:

Despite not going full blast as of the moment, as there are hurdles and issues to iron out, drone delivery is still seen as a viable option for delivery services.

Consumers are fully on board with drone delivery. According to The Walker Sands Future of Retail 2016 Study, 79% of US consumers said they would be “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to request drone delivery if their package could be delivered within an hour. And 73% of respondents said that they would pay up to $10 for a drone delivery. Read more at:

Still, not all share the same optimism, seeing legal issues that may hinder it from becoming a viable business – unlike aerial photography services.

Amazon has recently been trialling drones in Australia and the UK, but don’t get too excited: this is likely to be an exception rather than a norm. The practical reality of using drones in cities remains far away and is getting ever more distant. Read more at:

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