A report release recently declares that drones will not be a major delivery mechanism for many years to come. That is, unless you are part of a stage test, and that doesn’t really count anyway.
While we read and see the hype, then imagine the day when we can have instant delivery of whatever we need, it’s just not going to happen for several years and even then it will still be limited.
The biggest challenge currently facing drone delivery is the short flying time. And the drone has to fly back to home after each delivery, which sort of eliminates the value of efficiency from the equation. Delivery executives blame the limitations of drone batteries as the primary factor that is holding us back from getting our Doritos pronto!
Currently, the drones that can stay airborne for long periods of time are expensive and used mainly in military and government operations. The cost of one hour of flight time is estimated to be around $2000 to $3000. This makes operational costs out of the range for delivery to a single customer.
Last year a well known shipping company experimented with a drone delivery to one of it’s tanker ships in a nearby town. The company says it could see a use for drone delivery when it comes to replacement parts into remote areas.
Of course we hear a lot about tech companies investing in drone delivery, especially from Amazon. Google also continues to explore the use of unmanned aerial systems. So the idea is on the horizon so to speak, it is just a matter of time to improve battery and efficiency of flight time.
For now it seems the media is really the only ones who are excited about drone deliveries. It does make for a good superbowl commercial.
We think it will happen sooner than most are predicting. Someone innovative will come along and solve the battery issue. Can’t wait to see how it works out.