As the e-commerce industry continues to grow, drones will gain more potential to cut down the cost, time, and energy required for the countless deliveries made online every single day. But before there’s a thriving commercial drone delivery system in Europe, especially in the crowded urban areas, it’s necessary to have a set of regulations in place that will ensure different kinds of drones are able to fly along their specified delivery routes without colliding into one another or putting people on the ground at risk.
Tests are Under Way
The concern over commercial drone regulations has brought together a group of companies to test unmanned aviation technology at a place outside Brussels, which was formerly a military airfield. They have given this project the name ‘Safir’ and DronePort is the location which will serve as the outdoor testing area. “This project is about testing 10 different drones with totally different applications, purposes, and backend IT systems,” said the chief executive of DronePort, Mark Vanlook.
New Age Digital Companies Moving Forward
This news comes in around two years after the e-commerce giant Amazon successfully completed its first test delivery by a commercial drone. Amazon Prime Air is the company’s drone unit which is planning to use drones for airborne delivery of a TV streaming device along with a bag of popcorn to a retail customer located in Cambridgeshire, England. According to the latest news, the company is reported to be developing an unmanned air traffic management system, which would be something like an air-traffic control system, but for drones.
Unmanned Aviation Software Industry Is Witnessing a Boom
Unifly, which is an aviation software company, is reportedly developing high-end drone management software. The company recently raised close to $16 million dollars from a group of investors. Helicus, another company in the drone industry, focuses primarily on medical transport using drones, which promises quicker delivery of emergency or critical medicines and equipment to hospitals or medical professionals. It’s just a matter of time before drone deliveries become a common occurrence throughout the world.