A recent article in Forbes Magazine put together 11 predictions about drone delivery from their Forbes Technology Council. Here are 3 key takeaways about when and how drone delivery might actually come to your neighborhood.
1. Drones Will Supplement but Not Replace Truck Delivery
More than one of the Forbes Tech Council members riffed on the them that drones may augment but not replace other forms of delivery. “Issues such as safety, weather and privacy concerns will continue to be a challenge, and there will remain a need for traditional delivery options,” says Justin Morgenthau, Triax Technologies, Inc.
2. The Most Value of Drone Delivery May Come from the Last Mile
3. The Barriers to Widespread Drone Delivery are Both Legal and Technological
Despite disagreement from the Council on this point, a full analysis of the viewpoints shows that regulation is not the only barrier to drone delivery.
As the legal aspects get worked out (drone delivery is currently limited by laws against flight beyond visual line of sight, in crowded areas and over people) the technology will need to keep up in order to make widescale or drone only delivery practical.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.