Are drone deliveries set to take to the skies?

The news from NATS that it will soon allow drones to be flown beyond operators’ line of sight once again ignited discussion around Amazon-style drone deliveries and whether these new developments could see them landing on our doorsteps in the near future.

Our CEO, Mike Danby, has previously commended Amazon for its commitment to innovation and spoken about the importance of such ingenuity, however futuristic, in revolutionising the supply chain. As the news broke, he gave his thoughts to the London Evening Standard.

Mike said: “Amazon continues to lead the way in supply chain innovation – its ingenuity is to be applauded, although the technology isn’t without its challenges. While it’s interesting to hear that drones will safely share airspace with conventional aircraft, there’s still some way to go before we see Amazon-style deliveries landing on doorstops – there are various issues to first overcome, particularly around infrastructure, privacy and security and avoiding interference with the package. Regs around the flight of the drone itself is perhaps one of the more straightforward challenges in making this a reality.

“However, that being said, this type of ingenuity, however futuristic, will almost certainly lead to new, workable solutions that will revolutionise the supply chain – that needs to happen more quickly if supply chain systems and capabilities are to keep pace with continued innovation in e-commerce.”

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