Drone Deliveries Still on the Horizon?

When we hear about drones being used in business, most of the conversation tends to surround the use of drones for delivering packages to people’s homes. Although companies like Amazon have tested the technology, there is still a long way to go before we start seeing it used regularly.

Drones help with last-mile delivery, which is the most inefficient and costly part of delivering packages. Logistics companies are looking at how delivery by drone can help to cut their costs and keep them one step ahead of the competition. Free and fast shipping are huge draws for customers who shop online, and drone delivery can provide both of these once it is adopted in earnest.

Roadblocks to Overcome

There are still quite a few roadblocks preventing drones from taking off, however. One of the biggest ones is drone regulations. Commercial drone regulations need to evolve quite a bit to make this dream a reality.

Right now, they can only weigh up to 55 pounds, travel up to 100 miles per hour, and ascend up to 400 feet over the ground. They cannot fly at night, and the drone must remain with a pilot’s visual line of sight at all times. This is expected to change in the coming years, but true progress won’t be made until it does. Moreover, pilots can only operate one drone at a time, and they can’t fly over highly populated areas; although waivers are available, they are not always easily granted.

Another obstacle to overcome is gaining acceptance among the public. People are naturally skeptical of new technology, with concerns about privacy and safety being voiced. As more tests are carried out proving this is a safe method, however, people may warm up to the idea, especially given the direct benefits it provides consumers.

It’s likely that the mainstream adoption of deliveries by drone will take place gradually as regulations and public opinion soften.

This blog post was based off of an article from Business Insider. View the original here.

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