Drones and UAVs in Air Delivery & Freight Services
The fact that drones and UAVs are linked with military operations and unlawful trespassing behavior often overshadows the peaceful and important role they play in civil airspace. Nowadays, drones and UAVs play a significant role in almost all fields of life. Farmers use them to water plants, camera men use them to capture exquisite shots, astronauts use them to explore planets, and recently mega corporations started to invest heavily in unmanned air delivery & freight services.
The recent increase in the rates of drone and UAV use encouraged big companies in the air delivery and freight industries to invest in drone and UAV-based delivery. It even prompted corporations who aren’t associated with air delivery and freight services at all to experiment with the idea.
On November 28th, Cyber Monday, Amazon announced their futuristic delivery system that’s expected to deliver packages to customers within only 30 minutes. They played a video that showed an aircraft delivering a pair of sneakers to a customer with consummate ease. They announced that they service will be named Amazon Air Prime. In April 2015, Amazon Air Prime began testing their first parcelcopter. The date at which their first parcelcopter is expected to begin operating is yet to be announced however with development reaching its peak and the beginning of the testing phase, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, announced recently that they’re expected to start operation late 2018.
According to forecasts, drones and UAV-based air delivery and freight services are expected to reach the large sum of $36.9 billion by 2022, achieving an unprecedented rate in the history of delivery and freight services.
The birth of drone-based air delivery and freight services isn’t geographically restricted to US only but also Europe. Earlier in 2016, Swiss Post Ltd. announced that they’re going to launch their own line of drone manufacturing to be used in post and parcels delivery. Such a breakthrough will change the nature of air delivery and freight services. The company announced that its aim to provide affordable drone and UAV-based delivery to Swiss residents. If the project as imagined was successfully implemented it will mark another unprecedented milestone by creating a drone service affordable to the common man, as opposed to Amazon’s services which is expected to be expensive in pricing and thus available exclusively to the elite and rich.
The world as we know it will definitely see an irreversible change once the drone and UAV-based air delivery and freight services kick in. Automation has already taken over a large portion of our lives and with the introduction of drones and UAVs as integral part of our daily routine, automation will be thorough and full to say the least. The prophecies of science-fiction novels will be fulfilled and our lives will become easier than ever. At the end this was meant to happen, our lives were meant to be automated. From the beginning of the industrial revolution, our thinkers realized that machines are the future and humans are nothing but obsolete.