The pros and cons of using drone to deliver goods.

The pros and cons of using drone to deliver goods.

What are the pros and cons of using drone to deliver goods?

The Pro is Speed, Flexibility and Ease of Delivery
You can traverse very difficult terrain (mountains, jungle, etc) with relative ease and take a much shorter route in many cases.
You’re not restricted to the way the transportation infrastructure was laid out (e.g., old rail lines, highways)
You can very precisely deliver your package with a helicopter-like drone due to it’s VTOL capabilities. Unlike a plane, train or ship you do not have a set of fixed start and end locations.
You don’t need a “costly” human pilot (for most of the process)

The Con is Cost, Payload Size and Distance
The cost to transport a drone, per pound/volume is much higher than many other solutions due the intensive energy requirements. By contrast, ship and rail transport is incredibly cheap. See Comparison of Different Shipping Methods and Surface Freight Transportation: A Comparison of the Costs of Road, Rail, and Waterways Freight Shipments That Are Not Passed on to Consumers
If a drone is going to be used in a residential setting, it’s unlikely that it’ll deliver your refrigerator. I saw a washing machine being delivered by air once to a cliff town. It took a small helicopter. Most drone payloads will be below 10-15lbs (5-7.5kg) until we have a major breakthrough in battery technology.
Drones suffer from the same problems as rockets- the more you lift, or the further you want to go, the more energy you need, aka The Tyranny of the Rocket Equation. For drones, we’ve traded off on the distance and for the same problem we can not lift something heavy, we also can not fly that far.
Drones that are dirigibles have an opposite set of pros and cons- they’re cheap, can carry heavier payloads and travel further. But they go much slower.
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