Browse Definitions :
Definition

delivery drone

A delivery drone is a type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used for distributing packages to consumers during the last mile delivery process. These types of drones generally have 4-8 propellers, rechargeable batteries and the ability to carry lightweight containers. They can be operated either autonomously using AI technology or remotely, with distribution centers and operators overseeing the flight. With drone technology already advancing, the capability of avoiding collisions with other drones in flight, navigating through urban landscapes and employing smart landing techniques already exists.

Benefits of drone delivery are currently being tested but could include lower costs, higher operational efficiency, new revenue streams, instantaneous fulfillment, less congested roadways, fewer accidents and lower emissions. Since delivery drones are not yet an established solution, a few of the limitations being researched are package weight limitations, flight time and range constraints due to battery life, collision avoidance systems and how to handle unpredictable events such as weather or being hacked.

As e-commerce continues to grow and traditional forms of delivery are no longer the most efficient option, delivery companies are experimenting with the implementation of drones. Businesses such as USPS, Amazon and Google have undertaken drone experiments as a feasible alternative for growth. The current most popular use cases for delivery drones are time-sensitive materials such as medicine and food or small items for same-day delivery.

Rules and regulations

While the government previously banned the testing and implementation of delivery drones in the United States, there have since been updated regulations about the concept. In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) included guidelines for commercial drone use. The rules included a maximum weight of 55 lbs, a maximum height of 400 feet and a maximum speed of 100 mph. It also mandated that delivery drones can only be operated during the daytime by operators with a flying certificate and an age of at least sixteen.

In 2017, the United States Senate moved to work with local officials to test drone delivery initiatives. While this technology has not yet been brought to the mainstream market, it is being widely tested for various sectors and use cases.

This was last updated in December 2018

Continue Reading About delivery drone

SearchNetworking
  • network packet

    A network packet is a basic unit of data that's grouped together and transferred over a computer network, typically a ...

  • virtual network functions (VNFs)

    Virtual network functions (VNFs) are virtualized tasks formerly carried out by proprietary, dedicated hardware.

  • network functions virtualization (NFV)

    Network functions virtualization (NFV) is a network architecture model designed to virtualize network services that have ...

SearchSecurity
  • Android System WebView

    Android System WebView is a system component for the Android operating system (OS) that allows Android apps to display web ...

  • data masking

    Data masking is a method of creating a structurally similar but inauthentic version of an organization's data that can be used ...

  • computer worm

    A computer worm is a type of malware whose primary function is to self-replicate and infect other computers while remaining ...

SearchCIO
  • privacy compliance

    Privacy compliance is a company's accordance with established personal information protection guidelines, specifications or ...

  • contingent workforce

    A contingent workforce is a labor pool whose members are hired by an organization on an on-demand basis.

  • product development (new product development -- NPD)

    Product development, also called new product management, is a series of steps that includes the conceptualization, design, ...

SearchHRSoftware
  • talent acquisition

    Talent acquisition is the strategic process employers use to analyze their long-term talent needs in the context of business ...

  • employee retention

    Employee retention is the organizational goal of keeping productive and talented workers and reducing turnover by fostering a ...

  • hybrid work model

    A hybrid work model is a workforce structure that includes employees who work remotely and those who work on site, in a company's...

SearchCustomerExperience
  • Salesforce Trailhead

    Salesforce Trailhead is a series of online tutorials that coach beginner and intermediate developers who need to learn how to ...

  • Salesforce

    Salesforce, Inc. is a cloud computing and social enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider based in San Francisco.

  • data clean room

    A data clean room is a technology service that helps content platforms keep first person user data private when interacting with ...

Close