The Delivery Drones Market is expected to reach a value of $1.29 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 40% during the forecast period of 2021–2028. The growth of Delivery Drones Market is mainly driven by the increasing demand for faster deliveries, technological advancements in drones, and the rising need to reduce carbon emissions. The high cost of infrastructure and the limited battery life of aerial delivery drones are factors restraining market growth. Additionally, rising private investments in the drones industry and the increase in e-commerce sales and demand for contactless deliveries during the COVID-19 pandemic have created many opportunities for the players operating in this market. However, stringent government regulations for UAVs and delivery drones’ susceptibility to hacking and data breaches are major challenges for the growth of this market.
Here are the top 10 companies operating in the Delivery Drones Market
Zipline is engaged in designing, producing, and operating drones for medical product deliveries in the U.S. The company provides on-demand logistics solutions to the healthcare, retail, ecommerce, and defense sectors. In 2016, Zipline signed its first client, the government of Rwanda, and launched its Zips (Zip 1) delivery drones to deliver vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and blood packets to hospitals across rural western Rwanda. The company’s Zip 1 drone can cover a distance of up to 150 km and fly at an altitude of up to 500 feet. Furthermore, the company launched its Zip 2 delivery drone to increase the productivity of its delivery drone services. The Zip 2 drone can cover a distance of up to 127 km per hour. With its strong distribution network, the company has its presence across Africa, the U.S., and Nigeria. As of 2021, the company had a headcount of 586 employees worldwide.
Matternet, Inc. manufactures and develops aerial vehicles for ecommerce, healthcare, and logistics organizations. The company provides last-mile delivery by using its on-demand delivery platform, which allows an end-to-end solution using the Matternet M2 Drone, the Matternet station, and the Matternet cloud platform. In 2020, the company received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (U.S.) to start durability and reliability testing for its drones. The company’s Matternet M2 Drone can carry payloads of up to 2 kilograms with a coverage of up to 20 kilometers. With its subsidiaries and a strong distribution network, the company has its presence across the U.S. and Switzerland. Some of its major subsidiaries are Sony Group Corporation (Japan), The Boeing Company (U.S.), Swiss Post Solutions, Inc. (Switzerland), Levitate Capital, LP (U.S.), McKesson Corporation (U.S.). As of 2021, the company had a headcount of 98 employees globally.
Wingcopter GmbH is an aerospace company that designs, manufactures, operates, and provides delivery drone services. The company offers drone delivery services for healthcare, parcel and ecommerce, food and groceries, intersite logistics, mapping and inspection, and custom payloads. Wingcopter provides drone delivery services in rural, suburban, and urban areas. In 2021, the company launched its Wingcopter 198, an all-electric, vertical-take-off-and-landing (eVTOL), fixed-wing drone that can deliver up to three packages on different locations. The company has a customized delivery feature that allows for separate and precise winch-delivery of up to three packages to multiple destinations. The drone can deliver two mediumsized packages or one large package according to its weight range. Wingcopter 198 has a payload capacity of up to 6 kg. The drone can fly at a speed of up to 150 km/h at an altitude of up to 5000 meters and can cover a distance of up to 110 km. The company has a patent for its tilt-rotor technology. The company has its presence across Africa, Europe, the U.S., and Oceania. As of 2020, the company had a headcount of 100 employees worldwide.
Amazon.com Inc. is a global retailer of consumer products and subscriptions. The company operates its business through segments: Online Stores, Physical Stores, Third-Party Seller Services, Subscription Services, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and other services. The company manufactures and sells electronic devices, such as Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TVs, Rings, and Echo. The company also provides Kindle Direct Publishing, an online service that allows independent authors and publishers to make their books available in the Kindle Store. Amazon Prime Air is a drone delivery service by Amazon.com Inc. Amazon first announced its plan for a Prime Air delivery service back in 2013. The company launched a new electric delivery drone at its 2019 re: MARS conference that’s capable of delivering packages under 5 pounds to customers within half an hour and can fly up to 15 miles. With its subsidiaries, such as AbeBooks.com, Audible, ComiXology, Fabric.com, IMDb, PillPack, Shopbop, Souq.com, Twitch, Whole Foods Market, Woot!, Zappos, and a strong distribution network worldwide, the company has its presence in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and the U.K. As of 2020, the company had a headcount of 1,300,000 employees globally.
The Boeing Company
The Boeing Company is a leading global aerospace company that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, telecommunications equipment, and missiles globally. The company offers services such as customer support, supply chain support, engineering, modifications & maintenance, and digital solutions & analytics. The company operates its business through four major segments: Commercial Airplanes (BCA), Defense, Space & Security (BDS), Global Services (BGS), and Boeing Capital (BCC). Through the Commercial Airplanes Segment, the company develops, manufactures, and markets commercial manned and unmanned aircraft and offers fleet support services. In 2018, the company collaborated with Matternet, Inc. (U.S.) to provide on-demand aerial delivery of medical supplies and samples in the U.S. In 2015, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from the company for an autonomous drone that can be recharged without landing. With its subsidiaries, such as Aurora Flight Sciences, Aviall Services, Boeing Aircraft Holding Company, Boeing UK, Boeing Intelligence & Analytics ForeFlight, and a strong distribution network, the company has its presence across Australia, China, Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Latin America, Canada, Middle East, Turkey, Africa, Republic of Korea, Russia/CIS, Saudi Arabia, and Southeast Asia. As of 2020, the company had a headcount of 141,000 employees worldwide.
Meticulous Research in its latest publication on Delivery Drones Market has predicted the growth of 40% during the forecast year 2021-2028.
Airbus SE is an international aerospace company that designs, produces, and delivers industry-leading commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transports, satellites, and launch vehicles. The company provides data services, navigation, secure communications, urban mobility, and solutions for customers across the globe. The company provides services for the entire aircraft life cycle, including training, flight operations, maintenance, upgrades, and dismantling & recycling. The company operates through three major segments: Airbus, Helicopters, and Defence and Space. In 2019, the company launched a trial of its first delivery drone, known as the Skyways parcel delivery drone, which was deployed in real port conditions to deliver a variety of small, time-critical maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage. The Skyways parcel delivery drone is a fully autonomous octocopter that can carry parcels in containers located on its internal side along routes called aerial corridors. The Skyways drone has designated stations where it is automatically loaded or unloaded. These parcel stations store the delivered parcels in lockers which customers can open after receiving notification on their smartphone of the arrival of the packages. With its subsidiaries and a strong distribution network, the company has its presence across Europe, the Americas, AsiaPacific, and other countries. Some of its major subsidiaries are Premium Aerotec Gmbh (Europe), Navblue S.A.S.(U.S.), Testia GmbH (Europe), Metron Aviation, Inc. (U.S.), AirTanker Services Ltd (U.K.). As of 2020, the company had a headcount of 131,349 employees worldwide.
Drone Delivery Canada Corp.
Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is a leading drone logistics firm. The company focuses on designing, developing, and implementing commercially viable, drone-based logistics systems for government, commercial, industrial, and retail sectors. Drone Delivery Canada Corp. is a publicly listed company trading on the TSX.V Exchange under the symbol FLT, on the U.S. OTC QB market under the symbol TAKOF and on the Frankfurt exchange in Germany under the symbol A2AMGZ or ABB.F. The company offers next-generation logistic services to various market sectors, including retail, e-commerce, parcel & post, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, mining, oil & gas, logistics, military, and government agencies, in Canada and internationally.
Wing Aviation LLC
Wing Aviation LLC (a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.) is an American company that manufactures delivery drones and navigation systems for air transportation. The company offers drone delivery services for small packages, such as medicines, food, gifts, and grocery. Wing Aviation’s drones can operate at an altitude of up to 400 feet and carry a weight of up to 1.5 kg. In addition, it has backup batteries, multiple motors, and navigation systems for safe delivery. The company operates in Helsinki (Finland), Canberra (Australia), Logan (Australia), and Virginia (U.S.). In 2021, Wing Aviation LLC got patent approvals for network capacity management, systems for charging aerial vehicles, UAV with frangible airframe structures, methods and systems for self-deployment of operational infrastructure by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), apparatuses for releasing a payload from an aerial tether, backup navigation system for unmanned aerial vehicles, methods and systems for raising and lowering a payload, injection-molded wing structure for aerial vehicles, modular fuselage for an unmanned aerial vehicle, and multi-rotor tonal noise control for UAV.
Flirtey is engaged in designing, manufacturing, and providing delivery drone services to provide retail and e-commerce goods to customers. Flirtey delivers medicine to rural healthcare clinics, ship-to-shore deliveries of medical samples, doorstep deliveries of commercial goods. The company operates its business in the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia. In 2019, the company launched its “Flirtey Eagle” delivery drones for emergency and commercial drone delivery across the U.S. The Flirtey Eagle is an advanced drone designed to deliver packages within 10 minutes after the order is placed. In 2017, Flirtey launched its first automated external defibrillator (AED) drone delivery service in the U.S. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that can diagnose and treat various heart diseases. The company’s drones can be controlled by its autonomous software platform, which has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (U.S.) for the first multi-drone delivery operation. The software enables a single remote pilot who can operate multiple drones simultaneously. In 2018 and 2020, the company got multiple patent approvals from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As of 2021, the company had a headcount of 32 employees worldwide.
Fli Drone is a drone service company that operates in the Bahamas and the greater Caribbean. The company offers subscription-based services for businesses. Fli Drone is engaged with enterprise customers for last-mile and inter-island delivery. Fli Drone provides consulting services to various industries, including pharmaceutical and healthcare. The company partnered with Volans-i, Inc. to provide its first long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery in The Bahamas in 2019.
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