Delivery drones become increasingly more common with each passing day. Although they still have several limitations (carrying capacity, distance), delivery drones are still an upgrade to the old ways. A flying drone carrying your package can arrive at a faster timeframe than one delivered by a courier.
Delivery of the Future
A common set of problems associated with delivery drones include their entry and exit strategies. Some drones can do vertical takeoff and landing, requiring less room for them to navigate. Others however are not so lucky. They would require a longer runway, something that is not readily available everywhere.
Delivery drones from online stores like Amazon often have a quadcopter design. This means that they are capable of vertical approach. It is why they can land on your doorstep for the deliveries hours, if not minutes after you ordered.
Those that are not capable of vertical landing have to resort to parachute dropping the packages. This route would not require the drone to land, and although accuracy may take a hit, tests still show positive results.
Without a ‘guaranteed’ landing area, the drone may face some difficulties. The terrain may make it impossible for the drone to land in the area. The place chosen to land on may be dangerous or unstable, risking the quality of the package itself. Of course, there is also the chance of the items getting stolen by passersby.
Even if a drone can vertically land, it can still be a problem when the destination does not have an appropriate landing area. This is where the Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox comes in. This modern mailbox provides a landing pad specifically for drone access. This means that there is a guaranteed location for a drone to land, making the process a lot faster.
The idea comes from the Chicago company Valqari. The mailbox acts as a universal drone receptacle. In an ideal world, every home would have one, giving everyone access to drone deliveries without any problems.