Logistics with drones

The use of UAV (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle), better known as drones, is beginning to democratize/popularize. And as it could not be otherwise, transport companies begin to consider the adoption of these ships in their logistics.

Large companies such as Amazon and Google are already testing shipments. It is a matter of years before other companies join this trend. The use of drones is expected to change the world of logistics. And that this will be a before and after for transport and logistics companies. But what advantages will the use of drones provide for freight transport, and what kind of obstacles will this implementation face?

Read on to learn more about this future trend in the world of logistics.

Advantages of transporting goods with drones

Greater access

Due to their reduced dimensions, these ships can reach inaccessible areas. Despite this, these vehicles cannot transport heavy goods.

Reduced cost

Since the drones are controlled manually via a joystick, this would save human labour and thus an economic saving.

Reduced delivery time

Another advantage of drones over human labour is that they can fly for hours on end.

Urban traffic descongestion

Drones replacing land freight vehicles would reduce land traffic. This would lead to a reduction in pollution by dispensing with fossil-fuel-powered vehicles.

Barriers to the use of drones in logistics

Economic barrier

The democratization of the use of the drone has made the initial prices much cheaper. Even so, not all companies will be able to afford a large fleet of drones, which would involve a large outlay.

Legislation

Not all countries contemplate the idea of flying a drone within the country’s airspace. This will, on several occasions, make it difficult to use drones for international commercial purposes.

Regulated airways

So that drones do not interfere with other air vehicles, it would be necessary to regulate specific distribution routes with drones. The regulation of airways and the creation of motorways will be required.

Delivery in case of absence

Since these electronic devices are reprogrammed, a strategy or solution had to be implemented in case the receiver of the goods is not at the place of delivery.

For the time being it is not expected that the adoption of drones for the transport of goods will be massive, nor that they will replace, in the short or medium term, any other known means of transport. There is no doubt that this is an increasingly feasible trend for the logistical distribution of companies.

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