Delivery drones are great if you want to receive your order at a fraction of the time it would usually arrive. Now, cargo can arrive faster, leaving less waiting time for customers. However, these delivery drones still have their limitations.
Their biggest flaw is their carrying capacity. These drones are small, and can only carry items with strict weight limitations. Therefore, the most you can get out of them is ordering takeout food or small purchases from online stores. Drone deliveries can make it possible to have your order as quickly as a few minutes after purchasing. However, with these limited ordering, how can you truly enjoy it? How can companies upgrade these drones in order to increase their cargo limits?
Cargo Drones are Coming
The easy answer is to make a bigger drone. It makes sense, right? A bigger drone equals bigger cargo capacity. It is a simple solution in theory, although it is a lot harder to accomplish in reality.
Newer delivery drones do just that – they have adapted the size, shape, and design of a plane. They can therefore carry a lot more than standard-sized quadcopters. These cargo drones have higher weight limits and can reach longer areas under one tank. They also have autonomous programming, leaving them free to work without any manual control during the entire trip. However, what is stopping these cargo drones from being an everyday sight in bigger cities? What is stopping them from taking over the delivery industry?
Potential Cargo Obstacles
Larger drones present larger threats when it comes to dealing with public areas. Small drones, right now, pose the risk of crashing into buildings, into crowds, and even into planes. These endanger thousands of lives per encounter, and are the reason why drone regulations are stricter than ever. Larger drones are heavier, and can do more damage when it comes to inadvertent crashes and hits.
Will the threats be worth the reward however? Can you choose a faster delivery time over a greater chance that your package may receive damage?