Fictional or Functional?

Drones are often seen from a futuristic perspective and in a fictional light although the concept has been around for decades now. Today technological advancements have brought us into a time where we are far ahead of this fiction pacing into a reality when drones will become a part of our transport landscapes.

Test flights have been conducted across the globe, and many companies have even provided dates for test flights in the nearest couple years. These test flights are also a sneak peek into the near future and proof of evolution of our transport systems and what we need to be prepared for. The pandemic era has already made certain the need for faster and autonomous delivery systems. We have seen the use of drones for humanitarian aids such as essentials delivery of medicines and vaccines, and food delivery, for those with lesser access or need for faster delivery times.

The demand for home delivery has also significantly increased during this pandemic. As faster and fossil-free complements to conventional transport systems, drones will have the possibility to be a sustainable option for first and last mile delivery. By interjecting logistics, it will provide an opportunity for drones to make delivery faster, convenient, efficient, and cost effective with time. In Sweden, Katla Aero has been one of the first few to make test flights for their electric VTOL drones. This has provided the first steps needed for feasibility and impact studies. Katla continues to develop drones for the Corus-XUAM project that IBG conducts. Test flights will be demonstrated between Linköping and Norrköping soon next year, and we will be making rapid advances into connecting businesses and customers through revolutionized delivery system.

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Aishwarya Raghunatha
PhD student and Project Engineer