Remote areas that lack appropriate road infrastructure hinder the easy progress of operations in the logistics industry. By realizing the possible shortfalls that could occur due to the inefficiencies in conventional transport networks, the delivery industry has increased the use of delivery drones.
Delivery drones are unmanned aerial vehicles that carry packages to designated areas. They are either autonomous or monitored through ground control stations.
Delivery Mechanism Using Drones
The ultimate aim of delivery drones is to cut down on the delivery time. The method of drone delivery decides the time that the whole process will take for completion. In many cases, the delivery range of drones is limited to about 20-30 kilometers because of the limitations in their battery capacity and speed requirements, meaning that multiple dispatch centers would be required to cover a whole city.
Using traditional delivery trucks as dispatch centers is the second method of using drones for delivery.
Technical Details Of Delivery Drone
Like any aircraft, delivery drones obey the laws of aerodynamics. They come in all shapes and sizes with variations in operation methods. Take the case of a four-rotor drone. Two of its blades spin clockwise while the other two spins anti-clockwise, and the thrust generated the rotation of the blades with added on stabilization technology keep the drone in flight. If drones are used for delivery, the extra load they have to carry has to be considered in its design phase.
Mere line-of-sight technology is not enough for the failsafe operation of delivery drones. They may encounter obstacles like trees, birds, and other drones during their flight. To avoid in-air and ground accidents by controlling the routes of the drone better, Unmanned Traffic Management(UTM) can be used. The cameras and built-in sensors in the drone enable it to take responsive action on encountering potential obstacles.
Benefits Of Delivery Drones
Here is a list of benefits offered by delivery drones:
- Reduced rate of environmental pollution: Delivery drone makes a significant contribution towards reducing carbon emissions by delivery trucks. They are more convenient and efficient than delivery trucks.
- Quicker delivery: Delivery drones are not slowed down by traffic congestion unlike delivery trucks, meaning that you can expect faster delivery with them.
- Reduced possibility of damage: Businesses and customers benefit by drone delivery because the chance of the package getting damaged during the transit is low.
Reduced delivery time, lower cost, and high convenience of drones support the predictions that drones are the future of the logistics industry. Advancements that will come in the technology will shape the coming generation of drones and improve their existing functionalities.