Future of Delivery: DHL Parcelcopter


Commonly used in military service as well as recreational use, nowadays drone technology is being developed for wider usage in other sectors of industry. Drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle that is controlled by a remote pilot from the ground. According to Business Insider, by 2021, there will be more companies using this technology. However, can this unmanned aircraft be used for logistics industry purposes?

According to DHL, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry (BMZ) and the German drone manufacturer, drone can be developed into more creative with varied use such as for delivering goods. Their recent invention is Parcelcopter 4.0, a drone-like helicopter, that can help with logistics delivery.

DHL with the help of German drone manufacture Wingcopter have developed Parcelcopter 1.0 to 3.0 and now they tested the 4.0. Their recent exhibition on Parcelcopter 4.0 resulted that this new invention could help public health sector in many rural areas. Their exhibition was taken place in many parts of Africa and has helped the health sector. They supplied blood and medicines to Lake Victoria using the drones due to poor infrastructure and difficult terrain.

In the exhibition, they noted that it usually needs six hours to travel about 149 miles of dirt roads from mainland to remote island in Lake Victoria. It will take up to four hours to reach the island if it uses the ferry. Meanwhile, Parcelcopter 4.0 does not need much hours to reach the island as it only takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the destination. Moreover, Parcelcopter 4.0 can land and take-off vertically, so it does not need so much space.

Thus, making Parcelcopter 4.0 a future logistics delivery in health sector can save many human lives and it eases the delivery. Another result is that DHL Parcelcopter 4.0 can carry up to 13 pounds of goods and fly autonomously 62 miles with speed of 93 miles per hour. However, if the drone is fully loaded, the distance will be reduced to 28 miles.

“This could be the future delivery,” the team said.

After the exhibition, it opens up a new opportunity that Parcelcopter will not only be used in health sector, but it also has potential to prevent crises worldwide such as hunger and Ebola, especially in rural areas. Moreover, the team does not stop here. They still develop and find the possible future Parcelcopter. There are possibilities that the future of logistics and supply chain delivery can use this unmanned helicopter to deliver goods around nations.

Read also: The Next Generation of Logistics: Robotics

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