Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones were first used by the military for the purpose of surveillance and as weapon carriers. However, slowly, their use has been commercialized. Drones are slowing gaining popularity and their use has been increasing in various fields, be it surveillance, surveying, mapping, disaster management, weather forecasting, healthcare, logistics, or transportation. The advantages of drones are that they are compact and offer faster means of transportation due to the avoidance of land traffic.
Drones in package delivery:
Imagine a day when, instead of the delivery guy delivering the package, a drone lands before the door carrying the package. Though the process may seem a bit unnatural, it may not be long before this actually happens. The initiatives of global product delivery and courier service giants, like Amazon and DHL, in bringing the idea of delivery by drones into practice, has to be given the credit. Following their footsteps, many companies are considering drone delivery service as a potential method of logistics. Even Dominos, a pizza delivery service, has experimented the delivery of pizzas using drones. Its drone, called the ‘domicopter’, has been successful in delivering pizzas to customers precisely and quickly in the United States.
Drones are also being used as the suppliers of emergency medical kits, in case of potential health issues. The immediate moments after an accident and internal health breakdown are very critical for the patient, hence, it is very essential to provide immediate attention and medical aid to prevent the patient’s situation from degrading. Mainly, in conditions of heart failure, accidents, drowning, and respiratory issues, speeding up the process of emergency response will surely prevent deaths and help in accelerating the process of recovery dramatically. Keeping this in mind, drone ambulances are developed. These drone ambulances have medical kits incorporated in them, so that emergency medical attention is provided at the place of the incident itself. Recently, in countries like Belgium and Sweden, experimentation with these drone ambulances have been carried out with satisfying outcomes.
Crazier as it seems, the whole idea of drone transport is about to take shape, with many companies working toward achieving this goal. Companies, like Volocopter, Uber Elevate, City Airbus, and Bell Helicopters are in the process of bringing passenger drones into reality. Unlike the other applications, these passenger drones have to be taken utmost care of, as any discrepancy during flight may even kill the people inside. Additionally, the challenges incurred in engineering, mechanical, regulatory, and safety aspects have to be addressed. Once passenger drones arrive for commercial use, they are most-likely to be game changers in revolutionizing the whole process of low-distance transportation.
Apart from these, there are many other applications where drones can be used as potential substitutes to the existing modes of logistics and transportation. With the amazing range of advantages offer, the usage of drones has become more popular and prominent in a short span of time. With experiments going at this pace regarding the usage of drones in various areas, it may not be long enough before these amazing creations become a part and parcel of everyday life.
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About the Market
The Drone Logistics and Transportation Market is expected to register a CAGR of about 20% during the forecast period. Increase in investments in the drone logistics sector, along with many delivery companies opting for drone delivery, is currently driving the market for drone logistics and transportation.
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