A drone being used for delivery purpose has been a stream of stories over the past couple of years and is still a buzzword today. These drones can completely alter the nature of deliveries.
There are many names already associated with drones who have successfully delivered the product using drones. There was the Domino’s Pizza delivery in New Zealand, the 77 7-Eleven drops to customers in Reno, Nevada, and Google parent company Alphabet’s Chipotle burrito shipments to Virginia Tech students.
Amazon’s drone delivery known as the Prime Air legally delivered its first Prime order in the United Kingdom in 2016. It was for an Amazon Fire TV and bag of popcorn and took 13 minutes from the moment the customer clicked order to package delivery. Amazon app claims a delivery within 30 minutes for the customers in the vicinity.
United Parcel Service in February 2017 dropped off a package at a home in a Tampa using a battery-powered drone. When the UPS driver approached the intended home for delivery the drone was launched from its roof. From there, the drone flew to the home based on a pre-programmed flight path, dropped off the package held inside a small cage, and then flew off to rendezvous back with the van which had since been driven to a spot miles away.
These real-time examples will add to people’s comfort and save time. But on a crucial note drones can also be used to save lives. They can supply medicines, foods and other necessity in disaster zones. All the regions the human can’t reach on time can be accesses by drones for providing medical assistance. The traffic issues in case of a medical emergency can be overcome by these Aerial vehicles.
In the rural areas where there are no proper roads or means of transport, all such places can be attended by the Drones. GPS enabled Drones can reach the exact location and provide the assistance required. Delivery drones that can get where trucks and pricey helicopters can’t will become indispensable.
There are many hurdles in Drone Delivery, right from airspace congestion, to payload weight and flight-time limitations, to weather conditions. Weather conditions such as rain or snow can hamper the Drones working. Day time is the preferred time for the Delivery Drones when there is daylight. Extra modifications will be needed for delivering at night time. Just as weather conditions, regulations also limit the Drones Delivering.
Drones can carry packages weighing up to 10 ponds and fly autonomously for 30 minutes. Delivery Drones purposed to deliver long distances need to have a long lasting battery power. Many Drones can fly only for 20 to 30 minutes; such drones can cover shorter distances without interruption.
Drone Technology will continue to evolve and the cost of Delivery Drones will decline eventually. In future these Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will be responsible for saving lives and delivering packages to our doors, eliminating wait time and human labor.