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Drones

Volume 7, Issue 1

GOING
Rural

2018 will be the year of next generation deliveries, but not
where you might expect.
- By Roei Ganzarski

This past year was a big step toward
the next generation of delivery. Amazon
tested small package deliveries by drones
in the UK, countries like Rwanda and
Switzerland incorporated drones into
their healthcare system operations, and
Domino's Pizza trialed deliveries by
sidewalk bots. However, chances are you
personally did not receive a package via
drone or bot in 2017. Will next generation
deliveries become more mainstream in
2018? The short answer is maybe - but it
depends on where you live.
Get Ready for Drones and Bots
While it's likely drone deliveries won't
become truly widespread until 2025, the
next year could revolutionize certain
industries, especially with the FAA and
White House prioritizing the future of
"smart" cities and its technologies. As
companies begin testing drones and
bots, we can expect to see a sharp divide
in implementation and adoption in rural
areas versus metro hubs. Contrary to
popular belief, the majority of deliveries in 2018 will be made in rural areas
- not cities - where the safety risks are
smaller and logistics are much simpler
to manage.
While cities may seem like the natural
fit for drone deliveries, dense metro

areas present a myriad of challenges and
risks that hamper widespread drone usage - think traffic, privacy issues, power
lines, high-rise buildings, sudden wind
gusts and the safety of pedestrians on
crowded streets below. Instead, we need
to shift our focus to start thinking about
smart rural areas - at least for drones,
initially. In fact, we've already seen a few
success stories. Amazon's UK deliveries were made in rural Cambridge.
The Rwandan healthcare drones?
They deliver blood on-demand to rural
hospitals. In this sense, we're starting to
see the United States fall behind in the
drone delivery race as other countries

take advantage of rural areas without
pre-existing infrastructure.
Starting to Build "Smarter" Cities
As the year progresses, we can expect
to see more businesses begin testing
drones in rural areas that have fewer
"distractions." Drones will be used to
deliver common goods like food, medication and online purchases to remote
homes and offices. These deliveries
eliminate the need for consumers to
drive over an hour in one direction
solely to pick up a prescription - not
to mention the hour drive back to their
home. Autonomous vehicles could, and
should, even partner for optimal efficiency while delivering packages, which
was tested out earlier this year when
UPS and Mercedes deployed a self-driving van and drone combination.
Meanwhile, small sidewalk bots will
soon reign king in heavily populated
metro cities. As city-based consumers
become more accustomed to an on-demand lifestyle, new delivery methods
will become prevalent and in some
cases, necessary, to meet an increase
in demand. Sidewalk bots provide the
perfect solution for busy metro areas
as they travel at a slow pace and are
grounded versus being airborne like

// The majority of deliveries in 2018 will be
made in rural areas where safety risks are
smaller and logistics are easier to manage.

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