Over 40 per cent of logistics carriers believe they will use drones for delivering goods in the future, according to a study by the National Aeronautical Centre. And they believe it could happen within the next 15 years.
The figures come just days after Google revealed it is developing a drone delivery system, Project Wing. However, Google’s craft is small compared to the unmanned aerial vehicles envisaged by the NAC which would carry goods in bulk.
The research commissioned by the NAC covers 60 logistics carriers and freight forwarders,. It identifies fuel prices as one of the most important perceived risks facing the logistics industry.
This, combined with predicted strong growth in international freight volumes, means that UAVs might provide cost savings in the long term, as it is anticipated that fuel requirements for UAVs will be lower than for conventional aircraft.
The research also reveals over a third (36 per cent) of freight forwarders believe UAVs, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs), will be used for the future distribution of cargo.