Yesterday I found a really interesting article about drones. As the article is in Spanish here I put a summary of the information it contains:
More and more home delivery companies use drones to reach their customers’ homes and distribute orders. These unmanned aerial vehicles have begun to conquer logistic transport, although there are still threads to tie and issues to solve.
Pros of using drones in the logistics industry:
- Savings on transportation and distribution costs as well as faster, cleaner and more efficient deliveries.
- Traffic decongestion: fewer home delivery vehicles and less traffic.
For example Amazon has implemented a delivery system in 30 minutes for customers who are close to the company’s warehouses.
- Reach inaccessible places like Google who intends to use the drones to access places where the means of transport have difficulties to access. Although the packages cannot weigh more than a few kilos, people living in areas of difficult access would have the opportunity to receive orders.
Cons of using drones in the logistics industry:
- Airspace congestion: If we consider that, for example, more than 80% of Amazon’s deliveries are less than two kilos, we might think that if the use of drones in logistics would spread in the future, the sky would be full of flying objects. Road traffic would be decongested but airspace would be congested.
- Remote control: Drones are controlled manually by a joystick and must be visually supervised by a pilot; So they are not automatons and need constant vigilance. In addition, they can only fly up to a certain height.
- Absence of legislation: There is also no existing legislation regulating the use of drones and now each country is concerned with its regulation.
- Not being able to deliver if the customer is not at home: The drone cannot be 100% effective if companies do not implement a solution on the fact that the customer could not be at home in the moment of the delivery.
5 cases of the use of drones in logistics:
Google, Amazon, DHL or Facebook are some of the companies that have started using this system and are studying how to optimize logistic transport using drones.
- Google: As a curiosity, the first tests are being the delivery of burritos to the students of Virginia State University in the United States:
Also watch Google video about Google Express, a new service that, through overpressure balloons, delivers orders anywhere:
- Amazon: The company works on Amazon PrimerAir, an unmanned equipment of eight propellers that could deliver the products, about 2.5 kilos, from the warehouse to the destination requested:
- Facebook: Marck Zuckerberg’s company plans to use drones to bring the internet to rural areas or difficult access, where there is no connection. The first drone created for this purpose is called Aquila and the company is already testing with it:
- DHL: The courier company intends to use drones just for deliveries in which their use makes the delivery more profitable and simple like in areas with few or difficult access:
Finally, the article finishes with a reflection about the place of drones in the future and it says that probably they would become a complement of the traditional systems, adding value and increasing speed and efficiency in deliveries but without replacing traditional systems.
And you, what do you think about the future of drones?