Package Delivery by Drone, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The next big step in the use of drones may be package delivery.  Could the future for Amazon and other retailers eventually include deliveries by unmanned aerial drones?  Amazon has been testing the concept using drones with a range of 10 miles and a payload of under five pounds (appropriate for about 90% of Amazon’s deliveries).  Google, the U.S. Postal Service and Airbus SE have also developed and tested units for deliveries.  U.S. drone delivery would be dependent upon cost, technologies, safety concerns, consumer acceptance and shifts in FAA rules regarding unmanned flight.  Initial FAA proposed rules for commercial use…

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