Drones for delivering parcels and all types of goods is receiving massive investment from some really big players all over the globe.
With large companies such as Amazon, Walmart, UPS, Google and other global postal companies investing in drone delivery projects, it is only a matter of time before their drone parcel delivery service goals become a reality?
Will the day come, when we look above and see thousands of drones busily zipping along to deliver mail, parcels, medicine, pizza and any other small to medium sized item?
It is probably only a matter of a few years before we have our skies full of drones delivering parcels. There certainly are loads of technical challenges to overcome. There are also widespread privacy concerns to overcome. Perhaps drones for delivering parcels will be limited to just far out hard to reach places.
Drones For Delivery – Investment Projects
In this post we look at the some of the latest drone delivery success stories, the recent history of drone delivery along with the drones being used. We also look at the challenges, which need to be overcome if drone package delivery services are to become widespread.
Here are the top delivery drones, which are being used by the largest companies for delivering parcels and are featured below;
- Wing delivery drone
- Matternet M2 parcel delivery drone
- Wingcopter 178 Heavy Lift delivery drone
- Rakuten Tenku delivery drone
- Condor parcel delivery drone
- Zipline autonomous delivery drone
- Flirtey delivery drone
Drones have terrific uses across multiple sectors from delivering parcels, advertising, cinematography, site surveying, mining, humanitarian projects, environmental projects and other areas.
Alphabet Project Wing Drone Courier Service
On August 18th, 2019, Google’s parent company called Alphabet’s announced that its drone delivery arm Wing will begin delivering goods for FedEx Express, Walgreens and another small retailer. and it’s meant to prove that Wing’s drones are ready to deliver health care products, fill the last mile delivery needs and give local retailers a boost.
Project Wing, has been conducting trials in Virginia state since 2016, but the new FAA authorization will allow it to finally sell things like food or medicine ordered by consumers through the Wing app.
What Is Project Wing
autonomous delivery drone service aiming to increase access to goods, reduce traffic congestion in cities, and help ease the CO2 emissions attributable to the transportation of goods. Wing is also developing an unmanned traffic management platform that will allow unmanned aircraft to navigate around other drones, manned aircraft, and other obstacles like trees, buildings and power lines.
FAA certification required Wing to submit evidence that their drone package delivery operations are safe. These submissions included data showing that a delivery by Wing carries a lower risk to pedestrians than the same trip made by car.
Wing Delivery Drone
Below is an image of the Project Wing delivery drone. Their drones for delivery are evolving over time with different size and wingspan along with the technology for delivering parcels very precisely.
Latest Wing Delivery Drone News
In June 2020, Wing announced it was successfully using drones to deliver books to students in Virginia to assist with remote learning.
In April 2020, Wing announced that it has been successfully delivering snacks, pastries and meals for over 1 year in Vuosaari, which is a district in Helsinki, Finland.
Here is a video, which shows you how the Wings drone delivery service works. Using the Wing app on your smartphone, you will be able to order food, coffee, medicines or convenience items from the Wing’s drone deliver service with your item arriving a few minutes later.
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UPS Drone Delivery Services
A subsidiary of UPS, announced it has received the U.S. government’s first full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline.
The company will initially expand its drone delivery service further to support hospital campuses around the country. UPS drones will also provide solutions for customers beyond those in the healthcare industry. UPS Flight Forward plans in the future to transport a variety of items for customers in many industries, and regularly fly drones beyond the operators’ visual line of sight.
Swiss Post Drone Delivery Service
Swiss Post is at the forefront of drone development and deployment for logistics. It transports special healthcare consignments in cooperation with a range of partners in various regions of Switzerland.
delivery as part of a joint venture, which included Swiss World Cargo and Matternet drone manufacturer. Their goal? To investigate the specific uses of drone technology and examine the cost-effectiveness of logistic drones.
Not just for mail/parcel delivery but also for emergency situations such as the delivery of emergency relief supplies or for high priority consignments such as laboratory samples.
In December 2018, their goal has now become a reality.