Online delivery services continue to gain in popularity. Odds are that there is a delivery truck somewhere in your neighborhood each day. Most companies rely on standard delivery service providers and drivers, but advances in technology may eventually make these companies obsolete. The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones, is increasingly being considered for commercial delivery usage. While safety experts have concerns that it could increase the risk for aviation accidents, reducing the number of trucks shipping and delivering goods could end up resulting in fewer truck accidents and injuries.
The Future of Drones in Delivering Packages
On March 15, 2017, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a full committee hearing on the use of drones, titled “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Innovation, Integration, Successes, and Challenges.” Among the many concerns and issues raised at the hearing was the question of when drones would be approved for package delivery purposes.
As of right now, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has more than 750,000 currently registered UAS, with 35 remote pilots. They are approved for use by the general public for recreational and educational purposes, and businesses commonly use them for aerial surveying, real estate photography, and roofing inspections. A new senate bill on addressing drone privacy issues states that 2.7 million new drones are expected to be approved for commercial use by 2020.
How Drones Could Reduce the Risk of Truck Accidents
With so many people ordering online, delivery and shipping companies are experiencing a booming business. UPS reportedly shipped 4.9 billion packages and documents in 2016, while reports as many as 120 million shipments each day, all of which require trucks and other commercial vehicles to deliver.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports as many as 95,000 injuries due to trucking accidents each year, and as many as 4,000 fatalities. In addition to saving companies time and making deliveries easier, the use of drones in shipping and delivering even a portion of the packages and documents could potentially help reduce these statistics.
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