From the experimental market to the real market, with significant funding and big names in the food sector involved. Drone deliveries are at a turning point after the Federal Aviation Administration (Faa) gave to Amazon its approval for an airlift program. A long journey that began in 2007, when the company Jeff Bezos posted some startling videos, but which also drew a few smiles among insiders. The FAA points out that the approval will allow the Seattle-based company to “deliver packages to customers safely and efficiently.” Analysts estimate the home delivery market to reach $6 billion by 2026. A sector driven by containment in which the case of Flytrex, Tel Aviv startup that operates in the United States and tested an air delivery model in North Carolina, delivering items that departed from restaurants in Holly Springs Towne Center and arrived at a pickup point after a five-minute flight . On the menu, “pastries and light meals” made by brands such as Starbucks and the historic fast food chain Dairy Queen Blizzard, founded in 1940. A clear example of the evolution of consumption, thanks to new technologies and the urban air mobility. “Our drone is nicer than most human couriers,” he said. Yariv Bashco-founder and CEO of Flytrex.
Where do competitors fly
The competition in the air is fierce. walmartthe world’s largest supermarket chain, will begin drone delivery trials along the Arkansas-Missouri border this summer, in partnership with a drone supplier Ziplinebased in California and funded by Sequoia, A16Z, GV, Temasek, TPG, Baillie Gifford and Katalyst Ventures. Air Canadameanwhile, has a substantial plan to support drone deliveries of items purchased from e-commerce sites, which have very suitable territories for drone business. Japanese Airlines acquired a line of dedicated drones and embarked on a delivery project. And even Astral Aviationin Kenya, inaugurated a division for drones. The case of the truck manufacturer is also special workaholic group, which begins deliveries in Loveland, Ohio. The company, which uses its electric trucks, has patented a system to house a drone hidden on the roof of the vehicle, which delivers the packages while the driver manually handles the most fragile objects. In an interview with ABC, the Workhorse spokesperson explained that by using electric vehicles and drones, the cost of a delivery drops to 4 cents.
What are the real advantages of drone deliveries compared to normal couriers? “Our drones were designed from the ground up for retail applications and in particular food delivery,” says Yariv Bash. “If I told FedEx to deliver pepperoni pizza to your doorstep, they would be puzzled, even though FedEx already delivers millions of packages.” After years of wrestling with drone operators over necessary safety assurances, the FAA has begun issuing permits. It requires operators, for example, that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) transmit identification or location information. And many requests without the necessary features have been denied to the sender in recent years. One of the fundamental points is the technological ability to fly above the quota within human sight, a fundamental step for the growth of drone delivery in the e-commerce market. “With the FAA,” Bash concludes, “we go through the same tests and the same process as manned aircraft. The level of security is the same”.
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