(2/2) The delivery of your parcels will be done by drone

Capture d’écran 2019-07-12 à 12.01.48.png

"The idea of the drone at the service of trade and delivery does not please septics."

For them, this will never happen and they categorically reject the idea that it will ever happen. It is true that in Europe, and especially in France things are a bit complicated at this level. To question the whole subject by seeing only the costs of communication or marketing is to turn a blind eye to the technological capabilities of which we are today able. Believing it will happen to your balcony tomorrow morning after reading this article, would be a lack of credulity, as well as not accepting that technology and drone will evolve to the point of providing new services.

How long will it take for the commercial windfall to achieve this?

We will see here that reality goes beyond fiction and skepticism. France is for many this old country where nothing happens, lagging behind, always late and which never makes any decisions and remains the "follower". It is a very distorted and reductive image. Although it is not the country of the "ease". France is a major technological pole and forms among the best engineers in the world. When talking about drones, the second in the drone industry is the French brand Parrot.

So will delivery by drone arrive in France?

When we ask ourselves this question, everything depends on who we are talking about, it is simply impossible that it concerns the whole 100% of the population. But that it concerns 0% is not more true neither. The commercial delivery by drone for the most isolated areas is already in place, and even if it remains on the sidelines, it shows that the country is not totally absent on the game. On the contrary, it is not because you have not heard about it that it does not exist.


Dpd, subsidiary of La Poste Group


First to get a license

To deliver a business incubator, the company DPDgroup connects by drone Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte Beaume to Pourrières, France. After two years of testing, La Poste obtained authorization from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) to use this method of delivery. This is a project dating from June 2014 between DPDgroup and Atechsys a Varoise (France) SME.

 A delivery terminal was installed to secure the loading and unloading phases of the packages, as well as the take-off and landing. The drone is equipped with a parachute, with an anomaly detection in flight and a trigger automatically in case of a fall.

Deliver isolated areas

For La Poste, "This is a solution for mountain areas, isolated countryside areas, although there may also be drone delivery routes flying over rivers, or linking two factories. "

The balance sheet remains modest but it is now a commercial line and no longer an experiment. "This has allowed us to continue optimizing all the drone delivery systems," explains La Poste.


A world first

And yes it is in France that the first commercial license has been issued. Even though it was issued for a very limited as well as for a company use, it was indeed issued. The drone can fly 20 km and carry up to 3 kg. Its average speed reaches 30km / h. After more than 600 hours of flight, the record of the device is currently 14 km for a 1.5kg package.




The race is launched

All the players involved in the delivery attempt to complete their testing phase. "We are in a transition phase" The one who innovates and finds the right partners today could well be the leader tomorrow. "All the players in the delivery set foot in the drone and launched life-size tests that are already 4 or 5 years old. Today we see the flourishing of the first commercial lines around the world, we talk about tests, but in fact there are more launching phases. Companies are progressing slowly because the authorizations issued still concern peri-urban and limited areas. The goal: zero incidents, and maximum results to get new permissions.


Medications, defibrillators, organs or even pockets of blood

UPS launches revolutionary new logistics program using unmanned drones to deliver medical samples to a North Carolina hospital. This is the first use of an FAA sanctioned UAV for commercial flights carrying products under a contract delivery agreement. The pilot program takes place at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, under the supervision of the FAA and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Working with Matternet, a California drone company, the drones operate several times a day between a medical building on the outskirts of the WakeMed campus and the hospital's main pathology laboratory. The project is part of the FAA pilot unmanned aircraft systems (FAI) pilot program. The goal of the IPP is to test the practical applications of drones by partnering local governments and private sector companies to learn how drone technology can be integrated safely and efficiently into everyday activities. The program is managed by the leading UPS technology group. Bala Ganesh, who heads the group, said drones were an important part of UPS's transformation efforts. "What you see is a transformation into action. It will be over the next four or five years, but today is the first step of this journey" said Ganesh. The M2 drone can carry a payload of five pounds over a maximum distance of 12.5 miles, at a speed exceeding 40 miles per hour. The initial service includes short jumps for transferring blood samples between WakeMed buildings, but even this short distance can have a significant impact. The service avoids delays on the road and reduces the transit time, which can vary from a few hours unlike the drone. As the project progresses, drones will connect the hospital to peripheral medical facilities located miles away. UPS is going to use what we have learned at WakeMed to identify drone service opportunities in more US hospitals and potentially other specialty segments. "This will enable UPS and Matternet to serve the life sciences industry more effectively as logistics evolve," said Chris Cassidy, president of UPS Global Healthcare and Life Science Logistics. "Health care logistics is a strategic focus for UPS and we are developing innovative solutions placing us as the logistics provider of choice." Dr. Stuart Ginn, Director of WakeMed Innovations, said he was excited about the drone program because it has the potential to change the way the hospital provides patient care. He added that UPS's involvement was essential. "When a company like UPS shows up and shows interest, it legitimizes the entire industry and speeds it" he said.

raw (1).jpeg

Restore care access in Ghana

Ghana wants to develop "the largest drone delivery service in the world," according to the words of its president Nana Akufo-Addo. Inaugurated Wednesday, April 24 with great fanfare by the President, the delivery service by drone can reach the most remote areas of the country, to alleviate the problems of access to care, especially access to medicines.




JD.com and Rakuten announced on Thursday, February 21, 2019 the signing of an agreement that will allow the Japanese group to offer delivery by drone and autonomous robot based on the technology developed by the Chinese e-trader.


New alliances

Between the two giants JD.com and Rakuten, delivery by drone seems to be obviously accelerate. An agreement that provides the use of drones for parcel delivery in Japan. Based in Tokyo, Rakuten will benefit from JD.com's expertise in the development of drones and autonomous robots. "We are delighted to begin this collaboration with JD.com, which has China's most advanced distribution network, as well as experience and know-how in UAV and UGV delivery," he said. Koji Ando, Managing Executive Officer at Rakuten.

$ 2.5 billion raised

in February 2018 to develop its logistics and particularly delivery by drones. The group then launched the first commercial drone product delivery line in China's rural province of Shaanxi.

A team of 200 researchers

have been working on this project since 2015 in the company's teams. They have designed 7 different drones, able to carry more or less heavy products (up to 30 kilograms on 30 kilometers for the bigger ones). Today, 40 e-trader unmanned aircrafts deliver products by air in about 100 inaccessible villages perched on the mountains of the two Chinese provinces of Shaanxi and Jiangsui.

Rakuten is counting on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 to show the extent of his know-how.




On May 16, 2019, international express courier DHL-Sinotrans announced a strategic partnership with EHang to jointly launch a fully automated and intelligent UAV delivery solution and its first approved flight route in China's urban areas. .


The German delivery giant continues life-size experiments. After conducting tests on an island in the North Sea and East Africa, DHL Express arrives in a Chinese industrial zone by partnering with EHang, a Chinese start-up, which has specialized in the development of autonomous air vehicles. Both partners aim to set up a drone delivery service to serve an industrial zone in Guangdong province.

Drones to deliver customers in remote areas?

After the American Amazon who created the buzz by presenting its delivery system by drone called "Amazon Prime Air" it is DHL who comes, this time, to reinforce the idea that this future mode of delivery enters into the field of possible and no longer belongs to science fiction.


Drug deliveries by drone in Africa

For six months, DHL delivered drone medicine on an island located in the Lake Victoria in the heart of Africa. Taking an average of 40 minutes to cover the 60 km connecting the continent to the island.

The test was conducted jointly by international courier DHL and the German international cooperation agency and drone manufacturer Wingcopter.

A drone that can fly up to 130 km / h

Access to care for the 400,000 inhabitants of the island is extremely limited by the lack of transport infrastructure.


The drone will revolutionize an entire industry

In just a few years, the drone has infiltrated countless sectors of activity, despite restrictive legislations in some countries. Innovation does not wait, it goes on by leaps and bounds without asking any questions. It is the result of research, work and innovation.

Who would have bet on the recreational drone 10 or 15 years ago? Who would have thought that it would be possible to buy a drone at Best Buy to fly a few minutes later? Who would have bet on the development of the professional activity of drone pilots? Development in the agricultural sector or delivery?

Since the Second World War we have developed our land transport systems. The innovation of the drone, and new technologies such as the Hyperloop are in the deployment phase. What seems impossible today will be something common in 10 years. We are at the beginning of this industry, but progress is so fast that tomorrow the world will be changed. It will take another 10 to 15 years for the drone to have a major impact on the world. Think of your mobile phone, its dazzling rise in only 15 years. The drone will become established in the transport of goods on a small scale and large scale, it will also revolutionize the world of passenger transportation. A sector that is also seeking to evolve.

In the next article we will talk about taxis. And yes, it will land on your balcony next Saturday. So do not miss it!


Did you like this article ? Visit the blog and discover more articles that you might like. Discover more articles