Drones: How Close Are We?

Speakers: Anthony DiNota, Matt Riley

This podcast was first published May 01, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caused severe socioeconomic disruption, with the human cost rising and many challenges still yet to be scaled. In this episode of the Oliver Wyman Velocity Podcast join Anthony DiNota,  Oliver Wyman CAVOK Vice President and Matt Riley, Oliver Wyman CAVOK Senior Manager as they take a closer look at how the use of drones in our air spaces can overcome some of the challenges faced by Covid-19.

A majority of the world’s population is now in social isolation and some countries have imposed a total or partial lockdown, new challenges and disruptions have been faced by many in their day-to-day lives. With many now permitted to shop for only food or medical supplies and all non-essential items and travel have been restricted or banned.

The concept of drone deliveries has been around for a while with many e-commerce giants showing an interest; however, as the pandemic deepens it has become strikingly clear there is a need for vital equipment and supplies to be delivered whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.

But how close are we to being able to fully utilise our logistic aviation landscape? How soon can we expect flying drone deliveries to become a reality? There are several hurdles that the industry needs to overcome, whether it be the regularity rules and conduct or the public perception and acceptance.