European Transport and Mobility Forum

Cargo-drones: is freight delivery a viable business? Is it sustainable?

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(Rebecca Hueting) #1

Dear @WG3_Seamless_Transport members,

here a second brand new topic.

Talking about Drone Delivery as a viable business: I totally see the opportunities, especially for remote areas or urgent deliveries. But concerning the claimed “lower environmental impact”, I have more than several skeptic remarks:

  • “user need” vs “cutting costs”
  • noise pollution (and visual pollution)
  • privacy
  • job losses
  • accidents

In a more comprehensive and wholistic perspective, beyond economics, do you think it is a truly viable and sustainable new business?

Here are three inputs for the discussion, hope to receive more from you:

  1. An enthusiastic video from The Verge
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/10/18657150/autonomous-cargo-drones-delivery-boeing-aircraft-faa-regulation

  2. the “European Outlook Study 2016”, published by SESAR JU (especially from page 62)
    https://www.sesarju.eu/sites/default/files/documents/reports/European_Drones_Outlook_Study_2016.pdf

  3. The “Public Perception of Drone Delivery in the United States” RARC Report (RARC-WP-17-001)
    https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2016/RARC_WP-17-001.pdf