A company in the USA is banking on the future of ecommerce delivery being airborne. Dronedek has received a patent for technology related to receiving packages at your place when you’re not there. You can check out the video showcasing the product here:
It’s certainly a clever concept and allays many of the fears that present themselves when you consider drone delivery. And it’s clear that the developers at Dronedek have carefully eliminated many of the potential problems with the helipad style delivery deck for drones. It can be warmed to dispel ice and snow. Security issues are allayed by the special codes that drones must provide to ‘open sesame’. It’s solar powered and robust. It even offers a repowering plug for thirsty drones needing more juice.
It would be interesting to know what the purchase cost or running expense of it would be and how they will be partnering with delivery services. But that’s all for the future and it is very early days.
But it’s also based on several assumptions and use cases that aren’t universal. The first of those is that households have an outdoor area and space enough to site the unit and allow drones easy enough access to swoop in with their payloads. The deck as promoted doesn’t offer a solution for anyone who lives in high density housing.
At Tamebay we were impressed in recent months by the approach taken by An Post, the Irish national postal service, which has made its first use of drones for delivery. Specifically, the approach was slightly different. They didn’t use drones as a ‘ last mile’ solution but rather one that helped with accessibility. As we wrote at the time: Ireland’s An Post drones delivery could be solution for remote locations.
They used drones to take a consignment to an island off the mainland that was otherwise only reachable by boat or aircraft and, even then, those services were not frequent. The drone delivered the parcel to the local An Post operative who completed the journey.