Drone Logistics and Transportation Market

Drone Logistics And Transportation Companies - Alphabet, Inc (US) and Hardis Group (France) are the Key Players

The drone logistics and transportation market is valued at USD 0.9 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 16.1 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 50.1 % from 2023 to 2028. Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commonly referred to as drones, are experiencing a surge in popularity within contemporary logistics operations. These aerial vehicles play a crucial role in transporting a diverse range of items, including medicines, parcels, groceries, and home care products. Notably, drone delivery operations are gaining widespread recognition in the last-mile delivery sector due to their precision, environmentally friendly practices, shorter delivery times, and lower operational costs compared to traditional channels. Analysts suggest that the operational costs for drone delivery services are 40% to 70% less than those associated with vehicle delivery models. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need for alternative, safe, and contactless delivery methods, leading to a global increase in demand for drone delivery services.

Major Drone Logistics and Transportation Companies Include:

Prominent drone logistics companies in this industry are primarily located in North America and Europe.

  • Alphabet Inc.(US)
  • Hardis Group (France)
  • Zipline (US)
  • Volocopter GMBH (Germany)
  • Textron, Inc. (US)

Key logistics drone manufacturers are constantly developing new hardware, software and manufacturing techniques that can improve the performance and durability of UAVs and drones. These advancements are making drone deliveries more attractive for a wider range of applications. They are also focusing on partnerships and collaborations to expand their market presence and offer comprehensive solutions to customers.

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Alphabet Inc., a US-based holding company, wholly owns Google, which accounts for 99% of Alphabet's revenue, primarily sourced from online ads, with over 85% stemming from this sector. Google's additional revenue streams include sales from apps and content on Google Play and YouTube, along with fees from cloud services and other licensing activities. Hardware sales, encompassing Chromebooks, the Pixel smartphone, and smart home products like Nest and Google Home, also contribute significantly to overall revenue. A subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., Wing Aviation LLC, operates autonomously to provide on-demand drone deliveries of food, medicines, and various items, aiming to enhance accessibility, reduce urban traffic congestion, and mitigate CO2 emissions linked to goods transportation. Wing Aviation has innovated an unmanned traffic management system facilitating safe navigation around drones, manned aircraft, and obstacles like trees and buildings, ensuring efficient and secure services. Currently, the company operates in the United States, Australia, and Finland.

Hardis Group, a Europe-based private company established in 1984 and headquartered in Seyssinet-Pariset, ISERE, Grenoble, France, boasts a workforce of 1200 employees as of 2022. The company specializes in cloud solutions, integration, digital transformation, and consulting services. Serving as a software publisher, vendor, and consulting firm, Hardis Group offers various solutions, including real-time digital twins of warehouses, stores, and factories. Their logistics management software, Reflex, and the Eyesee drone solution for comprehensive inventory management are notable offerings. Additionally, they provide the Adelia Studio development platform and an open-source application for backing up IT infrastructure configurations. In 2021, Hardis Group achieved a revenue of USD 156.8 million (EUR 132.7 million). Eyesee, their inventory management drone, utilizes a tablet application for real-time data capture and interaction with operators. The drone captures information from relevant labels on boxes as it navigates around warehouses, stores, or factories. Comprising a tablet application and a back-office application, the tablet provides real-time data to operators and facilitates interaction with the drone, while the back-office application configures and interacts with other systems such as Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) or enterprise resource planning. It also serves administrative purposes, making Eyesee a comprehensive and efficient inventory management solution within Hardis Group's diverse portfolio.

Zipline, headquartered in the United States, specializes in logistics, focusing on the development, production, and operation of aerial drones tailored for delivery purposes. The company's primary mission involves utilizing drones to transport crucial medical supplies, including blood and vaccines for animals, to remote and challenging-to-access communities. Zipline conducts its flight testing at a center located in Davis, California, and assembles its delivery drones at a facility situated in South San Francisco, California. Notably, the company achieved 22,485 deliveries by October 2019 and has garnered support from prominent investors such as Sequoia Capital, A16Z, GV, Temasek, TPG, Baillie Gifford, and Katalyst Ventures. As of February 2021, Zipline has successfully executed 111,779 commercial deliveries.

Volocopter GmbH, founded in 2011, is a key player in urban air mobility and has expanded its transport offerings. With 500 employees across six locations, including Bruchsal, Munich, and Singapore, the company has raised an impressive equity sum of USD 579 million. Pioneering the development of manned electric multicopters since 2011, Volocopter gained global recognition by testing the world's first autonomous eVTOL in Dubai in 2017. Following a successful product launch for infrastructure and air taxis, Volocopter has shifted focus to manufacturing the Volodrone for logistics and agriculture. The company's business is structured around four solutions: Velocity, Voloport, Volodrone, and VololQ, each catering to distinct aspects of urban air mobility, including air taxis, take-off/landing infrastructure, unmanned cargo drones, and proprietary software for weather conditions and eVTOL booking. Textron, Inc (US)

Textron Inc., a US-based diversified company founded in 1923 and rechartered in 1967, is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, employing approximately 35,000 individuals worldwide as of December 2022. The company operates through five main segments: Textron Aviation, Bell, Textron Systems, Industrial, and Finance. Textron Inc. caters to a customer base composed of 74% commercial clients and 26% the US government. Within its manufacturing-focused segments (Textron Aviation, Bell, Textron Systems, and Industrial), Textron Inc. provides a diverse range of products and services. Textron Aviation specializes in general aviation, while Bell offers advanced military helicopters, tiltrotor aircraft, and commercial helicopters, along with associated services and spare parts. The Textron Systems segment delivers unmanned aircraft systems, piston aircraft engines, electronics systems, advanced marine craft, and live training for military air-to-air and air-to-ship weaponry, among other components.

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