Who Will Win The Drone Delivery Race?

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Amazon stated on Monday, that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued it authorization to use drones to deliver products. The authorization, demonstrates “confidence in Amazon’s security operations and procedures” to deploy a service that will allow packages to arrive in one day, said the company’s vice president, David Carbon.

In recent times, Amazon has made huge investments in a logistics network that allows it to quickly deliver products purchased by its customers through the Prime Air network by drones to decrease delivery time and in some cases access to rural areas. Also the idea behind it’s creating and autonomous net of drones that can deliver on the same day and save the expenses of a driver, car, petrol, etc.

 

Deliveries in 30 minutes after order is placed

“We will continue to develop and fine-tune our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the airspace and we will work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize our vision of 30-minute deliveries” said David Carbon.

Amazon plans to use that certification to dispatch fully electronic drones to deliver items to customers. In order to obtain this qualifying certification, it had to prove the security of those operations and proof that the drones were capable of identify people, dogs even clothes lines.

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UPS already achieved approval October last year

Last year UPS got approval from federal authorities to operate a “drone airline” and plans to expand its air operations in the area of ​​health care, among others. UPS said at the time that it had received full clearance from the FAA, which would allow it to operate an unlimited number of drones with an unlimited number of remote operators.

Wing from Alphabet also got the approval

Several companies, from some incipient to large technology companies such as Alphabet are working on the development of autonomous drone delivery. This year Alphabet made more than 1000 deliveries during the worsts months of the pandemic.

The experts are expecting that in the next 5 years we will have more than 7000 drones flying over our heads.

Who will win the race?

The logistics field has seen incredible innovation over the last decade. Companies like Amazon can’t afford to fall behind the technological curve. The businesses who do the best job of integrating new technology into their logistic systems will earn the most money. Over time, as drones become more common, the first businesses to use this technology will have a huge advantage over the competition.