2024 could be the year of the delivery drone

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The Future. Delivery drones might finally be going mainstream in 2024. While the technology has been decades in the making, medical centers and logistics platforms cleared some key regulatory hurdles, potentially paving the way for drones to become a more ubiquitous delivery system.

Taking off
2024 might be the year of the delivery drone.

  • Until recently, commercial drone operators were prohibited from flying their aircraft long distance without visual spotters. 
  • But last fall, the Federal Aviation administration began authorizing some drone operators to fly their aircraft “beyond the visual line of sight” (BVLOS). 
  • This marks a key breakthrough for companies like Zipline, Wing, and Amazon to begin more widespread drone delivery this year.

Pie in the sky
One of the top contenders to take a slice of the delivery drone pie is Amazon, which has had its eye on the tech for years. The company plans to add a third delivery drone site in the US and two more in Europe.

There’s also Zipline, which counts Mendocino Farms, Sweetgreen, and GNC as customers and will begin deploying delivery drones in 2024.

Melody Song

Melody is a Bay Area-based writer exploring mental health innovation, psychedelics, and consciousness. When she’s not working with words, you can find her practicing yoga, soaking in the CA sun with a good book, or traveling somewhere tropical.


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