The use of drones by courier companiesadmin, · Categories: Drones
Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have a great potential for fast and effective deliveries in the near future. Many retailers like Walmart and Amazon have already started experimental ventures with these devices. If these companies succeed, the technology is going to open up new horizons in the delivery line and boost up the brand name. Drones can be used for very high-speed deliveries even in areas that are not easily accessible otherwise. These also come as a cheaper option as compared to other conventional delivery methods.
Drones can especially be used for lightweight deliveries, namely mail. Although drones may not seem fit for heavyweight deliveries under the current light, with upgrades to the existing technologies, this too can be very well possible. Drones can be very advantageous for the Courier companies mainly due to the following three reasons:
If implemented systematically, drones can significantly reduce the delivery costs. In the very near future, we may see courier companies adopting fleets of drones rather than ground vehicles. The economic benefits will be passed on to the consumers too. Ground delivery requires delivery staff as well the vehicles. This type of delivery may also be difficult in areas with topographical barriers. Drones can be the ultimate solution. However, for this to be feasible, delivery drones will require some serious upgrades so that they can provide reliable service.
The physical build should be designed so as to reduce damage from bad weather, rain and wild animals.
The drones should be capable of lifting lightweight to medium weight parcels with ease.
The battery life of drones should be extended so that they do not malfunction midway during deliveries.
The drones should be incorporated with efficient auto control mechanisms to prevent any form of accidents while flying at high speeds.
The base staff should be able to control the drones throughout the mission by using cellular networks.
The drones should be programmed so as to report the starting and completion of the deliveries back to the control base.
The most important thing for courier companies is the speed of delivery as consumers always prefer high-speed deliveries. Apart from consumer satisfaction, it also helps the companies to manage their services. Therefore the successful adoption of drones could be the permanent solution. It would be magical to order something and have it delivered within just minutes. It would completely revolutionize the history of courier deliveries. With a proper assessment of the air traffic and proper flight control management, this vision can be potentially realized in very near future.
Why drones can be trusted?
Drones come with an inbuilt camera that can process and send images to the base. This would allow for the status check of the packages during every point of the delivery till it reaches its destination.
Drones can be operated to fly at high speeds. So, during emergency situations, they can be more reliable than ground deliveries. The parcels can be delivered under 30 minutes under normal weather conditions. Gizmodo have a good article on why drones aren’t ready to be used in the public yet by courier companies.