The Commercial drones currently introduced can handle goods under 5 pounds and can move on an average speed of up to 100 mph and travel up to 15 miles. Most of the companies in the eCommerce see this as an advantage as the cost to delivery is estimated as $1 per shipment. Extensive researchers are continuing to improve weight handling and to reduce noise pollution due to motors of the drones.
The barriers for the commercialization of the technology are the regulations established and enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for commercial flights in the United States, package security and safety concerns. Government regulations on various other countries for drones are challenges to be answered for the future use of drones. On a survey, the consumers reacted that if the drone delivery speedup the delivery of the products carted they are open to having their purchases delivered by a drone. More and more VCs and investors started investing millions of dollars into drone startups.
By 2020, the experts expect the drones will dominate the industry not only in retail, but in healthcare, food etc. In the commercial space 2.6 million drones are expected to be in air for delivery.