The pandemic time has made most things virtual or online. Food chains are no exception to this. When restaurants were shut down, there was no end to the misery of people surviving on outside food. Then the online orders, food delivery apps had outside food lovers dine inside the comfort of their houses. There was a so many apps to choose from. Uber Eats, Grub hub and Door dash have been at the forefront handling food delivery even at odd hours. The idea of drones delivering food did not come as a surprise it just added up as, yet another fancy option of food delivered at your doorstep. But thinking of that makes you think of “How could a drone do it?” What hurdles could there be for a drone to handle and deliver food as efficiently and painstakingly as humans do? Afterall it is a matter of food, and one cannot take a chance.
Before we delve into the problems with food delivery drones let us find how this all started.
In the year 2015, the drone startup, Flirty was approved by the FAA. Flirty was used to deliver medical supplies to a medical clinic in Wise County, Virginia. A year later Flirtey affiliated with Domino’s Pizza to carry out pizza deliveries in New Zealand. The drone food delivery industry has grown in popularity owing to its ease of use and time and cost effectiveness. Despite that the problems hindering its growth can be listed as follows:
1. Safe Place to deliver
Delivering food through a drone is convenient but at same time a hassle because you need to look for an open space to drop the package. A building amidst dense trees or in a busy locality may not have enough option to deliver the package.
Extreme weather conditions like snow, fog and rain makes it difficult for drones to perform efficiently. In regions having extreme weather patterns drone delivery does not prove to be a feasible option.
Drones often become targets of people who want to damage them and mess with them by sending other drones. This results in loss for the company deploying the drones.
4. Battery Range
The weight of the product being delivered directly impacts the efficacy with which the drone performs. It tends to drain more energy if loaded with heavy items. Other factors impacting the battery drainage is weather. It is important that the packaging of the products is weatherproof too.
5. Power Lines
Most of the areas have power lines on high poles and this leads to constraint in the movement of drones because of visibility. This problem could be solved by programming the drones for vertical takeoff and landing.
Using a drone as a mode delivering goods has benefitted businesses and customers. It is a low-cost alternative saving your time and energy at the same time. If used in a an intelligent way by keeping the problems under consideration it can turn into a possible viable option for food delivery.
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