Drones have been making headlines for a mixture of positive and negative reasons. Although they're a great technology and there is potential to revolutionize logistics 'uber style', many people don't trust the technology. The concept of delivering packages and other goods via drone is fairly new, so there's plenty of time for the public to warm up to the idea.
In a poll conducted by YouGov, only 38% of people said they would trust an Amazon drone delivery service. An even smaller percentage, 23%, would trust a drone delivery service run by the United States Postal Service. You would expect Google, a leader in technology, to be more trusted with drones, but a measly 20% of people would trust a Google drone delivery service.
"Millennial" Americans, however, have expressed more trust in the possibility of their goods being delivered by drones than other age groups in the United States, so they will likely be the target audience of the first drone delivery service companies until the rest of the public becomes open to the concept.
During September I attended InterDrone 2016., global scale conference for the builders, flyers and buyers of commercial drones. It featured a two-day technical conference for engineers and software developers, a drone business conference and a conference for commercial drone “buyers and flyers” in more than a dozen vertical market segments. 3,500+ attendees from 50+ nations.
German concern Daimler announced that're moving to a new strategic project called the adVANce, partnering with Matternet to work on commercial vehicle of the future.
According to the published data, about 200 of their employees will work at the Mercedes-Benz new van; advancing the electric drive in which the delivery system will be fully automated.
When the van came to a destination, for example in the residential area, it could launch a couple of delivery drones to do the job, delivering small packets around the neighborhood.
As Daimler specialises in making vehicles, but not drones, they are teaming up with American startup Matternet. Together they will develop technology with drones built into a van, which will serve only to delivery within the "last mile", ie. delivering the package from the van to the client door.
In the next five years in the project will be invested half a billion euros.
Image curtiosity: Matternet
On August 29th, 2016 the commercial drone industry changed forever. That’s the day the new Small UAS Rule, aka Part 107, went into effect. Although the details around Part 107 were announced back in June, August 29th represents a critical moment for the industry as a whole since it’s the first day people could legally operate under Part 107.