How Drones Could Change The Shipping Industry

Today, container ships transport more than 90% of all goods in the world, but it can take over a month for those goods to sail from Beijing to New York. Cargo drones could be the disruption needed in a global supply chain that has been largely unchanged since the 1950s.

By land, trucks move nearly 71 percent of all freight tonnage in the United States, but there’s a shortage of truck drivers in the United States. So how do you speed up shipments while keeping personnel low? The future of shipping looks very much unmanned.

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How Drones Could Change The Shipping Industry


  1. Rex T on December 9, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Most people don’t realise the potential of the drone technology nor are they aware of the contemporary usage of similar machines . In the mining industry, behemoths with capacities of 350 tons are being run without drivers. The drones of the future will be massive flying machines with a huge capacity to transport large loads autonomously. Just a matter of time and upgradation of technology and it will become commonplace.

  2. Pandora X on December 9, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Problem with USA drone delivery, the people will steal the drones

  3. levanat13 on December 9, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    This video is complete fail.

  4. Carson Cannon on December 9, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    This could be a way to distribute the vaccine?

  5. Carl on December 9, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    I would not enjoy flying around to work in what’s basically a helicopter. I’d want to throw up every time. Not enjoyable. I think Elon’s idea of tunnels are way safer and far more enjoyable. Sure, the scenery is not as nice but you’d be looking at your phone anyways once it was routine.

  6. Armen Z. on December 9, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    I broker freight and one 53 foot trailer can be loaded 10k to 80k. That just illuminated flight. Because if you want to go airborne you must be lightweight. The conversion from size to fuel all have to work out. And truth is technology is not available.

  7. effexon on December 9, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Remind me again, who owns CNBC and what companies are behind that owner? I mean does that corporation own some of these drone operator companies and want to promote this business?

  8. Michael Pare on December 9, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Well forget becoming a pilot.

  9. arni sls on December 9, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    use nuclear ships

  10. TheKosiomm on December 9, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    And what happens when a drone crashes over a populated area and kills people? Are you guys have any idea how to resurrect them?? I suppose you should work on that first.

  11. Stefan on December 9, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I have to watch an Video for my class.
    What i actually watch: Drones

  12. Anthony Strunk on December 9, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Whoever invents the next battery or lightweight and quick charging battery will be the next Billionaire

  13. François Collet on December 9, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Consommation énergétique par kilo et km parcouru ?

  14. RTD on December 9, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    This thing needs updating!

  15. Bruce Pickett on December 9, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    The company’s only think of the bottom line.Cheaper rates so drivers are only a number.They can be replaced so they think.I was a courier driver it’s legal slavery.

  16. email shared by a few people on December 9, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Worker shortage: we aren’t willing to pay people enough to convince them to work for us

  17. Obi Wan Kenobi on December 9, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    the real question and real issue here is what are we gonna do with all the people who are too dumb to code. because drones will replace trucks but artificial intelligence will replace drivers, pilots even doctors. there will be too many people. imo, we dont need to jobs as much as we need to reduce the world population.

  18. Soul Machines on December 9, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    lol, no one is questioning the increased appetite and gluttony…just making it more easier and faster to consume more and more and then dump in landfill.

  19. Jesse Pecina on December 9, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Build charging docs throughout the Route it travels or make solar rechargeable battery

  20. Jesse Pecina on December 9, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Micro reactor in drones using nuclear rods heat to charge a trancipicle power in a ring were the power is dispersed n reaqquired through the flow of Oxygen in the vents spinning a interior turbine. To produce power

  21. Acker Sotomayor on December 9, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Amazon has to pay taxes before they get drones😂

  22. Lawrence818 on December 9, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    “The Chinese LOVE ❤️ THIS”. And %.001 aka Jeff B. WISH. Com aka China 🇨🇳 military bank 🏦 would then never need the small distribution American owned supply chain. Next it will be Wish/China looking to buy the NBA not just a sponsor.

  23. Aura on December 9, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Something like this would need to be insanely efficient to be viable the major cost is aircraft/maintenance/fuel, the crew and pilots aren’t the biggest issue else there would be alot more incentive for becoming a pilot. Its a good paying career don’t get me wrong, especially since alot of older captains are retiring now, its still economically unviable to ship many things this way.

    Ground Effect Aircraft may be looking the right direction for increasing efficiency for heavy loads though alot of R&D would need to be done, and again making it autonomous wouldn’t be the primary concern when designing I believe.

  24. Jesse Pecina on December 9, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Or propane powered rotor motor

  25. Cosmin on December 9, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Why is this video 144p?

  26. Vernon Rabbetts on December 9, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    This is the single most moronic video I have ever seen. Why is business journalism, especially that focused on logistics so dumb?

  27. Luko Radulic on December 9, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    So drones are gonna carry 22.000 TEUs? Those are some big fraking drones.

  28. Sachin Sharma on December 9, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    I think the pilot shorted they mention has gone. This will also have the affect of undermining wages for pilots, which will mean even more will be available at a cost effective price in the near future

  29. Brent Key on December 9, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    I like how the first part of this video looks like the Gates of Hell map on DRL.

  30. Nilofar A on December 9, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    A bird poops on my head.
    Me the optimist: well i am glad elephants don’t fly.

    Drone carrying a refrigerator overhead: Oh well 😈

  31. Astro_Alphard on December 9, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    I think cargo drones will be a game changer for rural areas in terms of last mile delivery however I don’t see flying taxis and aerial shipping in our future. In cities density is an asset and for most drone networks airspace density (not to mention noise) can become a problem.

    I imagine that self driving robots will be the first revolution, low speed self driving cars along with higher speed automated public transit (like trains/LRT) has very good potential for fast and economic movement. It will have to be well planned and we will need to replace current automobile based urban planning practices with more pedestrian friendly ones but that will likely be the first revolution, as well as getting human drivers off the roads. These robots will also be found in warehouses, and replace the forklift and the pallet jack. Cargo can also follow similar lines with cargo handling facilities and distribution centres near a rail yard. Large bulk cargo can be moved by automated trucks whereas smaller cargo can move through transport tubes under the city.

    Aerial delivery is only really economical when the cost of setting up infrastructure is far more than the infrastructure will be used. This applies mostly to rural areas where you may need tens of km of tubes per person/household. But in urban areas you may only need hundreds of meters of tubes per person.

  32. Jesse Pecina on December 9, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Or wind turbine rechargeable battery

  33. Search Wion on December 9, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    5:02 Does he mean – Labor accounts for 50 percent of the shipping Cost? And he wants to get rid of more pilots to reduce cost?

  34. the posterGuy on December 9, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Air transports and air freights are way very costly comparing to sea and land transports..

  35. Jesse Pecina on December 9, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Man I can go on and on

  36. thomas aquinas on December 9, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Air drones, or automated driving, are untenable in an open 3-dimensional world. Cars and planes must have electronic or physical trails, with no dependence on AI and on-board sensors. A world of unmanned aircraft overhead is frightening. Same with undriven cars and trucks. True, planes already have automated landing systems, but that’s only on approach to the airport. Radar is the chief guidance in many instances, but only has a black (blank) screen in times of bad weather, etc. No returns means no information…

  37. Meneer Leonard De Hertog van Cydonia on December 9, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    You do not want robotic drones landing on your neighbour’s lawn due to its high risk. It chopping yours kid’s ear off.

  38. Vanesa Mota on December 9, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Drones for the future it is.

  39. cresbydotcom on December 9, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    I don’t see air travel doubling in 15 years. Maybe in 15 years the new generation who didn’t understand the COVID pandemic (if any exist) will understand the dangers, (maybe), humans en mass are remarkably self-centred. And the Recession that will follow the pandemic lockdowns will not add to air travel. But – predicting the future is notoriously prone to only getting bits right, pick yer bits and gloat! And ignore the bits yer get wrong!

  40. Jesse Pecina on December 9, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Glider drone

  41. Orion Nauman on December 9, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    What about a cargo hyperloop? That airline pilot shortage didn’t age well.

  42. Lawerance Lanham on December 9, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    The airline industry is a joke. Any little change in anything and they always seem to be on the brink of failure and requiring bail outs and everything else. For an industry you might think would be "smart", they sure do lack in money management.

  43. Phil'z Mind on December 9, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Not in 2020.. Drones are the best investment in 2020.

  44. All15 Lov3 on December 9, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Truck driver gone, pilot gone.. Unemployment rise up high.. Seriously

  45. Rashad Abdullah on December 9, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Well drones changed the new york city sky line on 9 11. So yea

  46. Gary Bowen on December 9, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Me? I’m wondering why dirigibles (Blimps) are not on the list. Giant in size, these have potential to lift way more tonnage than drones.

  47. Nebukadneza R on December 9, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    the suggestion that drones might "bump up" the volume of air transported goods to dimensions of land or sea transport is completely ridiculous. You could have asked anyone of the people you interviewed and they would have confirmed this. But yet you still present these overinflated expectations.

  48. Highball 734 on December 9, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    I love how these little news segments are always so optimistic. 5 years ago we were told “drones will be delivering your packages within hours, semi trucks will all be autonomous, driverless taxi cabs everywhere, blah blah. It never happens.

  49. Yednekachew Geremew on December 9, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    How come from 1957 still we use this norm ingoring time and ezasaness and efficent method even this company habe no vison to improve thier ignorance

  50. Doge15 on December 9, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    reduce global airfreight cost to 50%? basically it just a unmanned 747 without pilot that still using jet engine and the same technology with any airplane that operating with pilot onboard. i dont see this will come in 5 to 10 years from now unless they invent some new technology or battery technology than it will come less than that.

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