Drone delivery in Australia: quantifying the potential benefits
Wing has built a small, lightweight aircraft and navigation system that can deliver small packages — including food, medicine, and household items — directly to homes in minutes.
In a project for Wing, AlphaBeta was asked to quantify the potential benefits of using small drones in a delivery context for businesses, consumers and society in the ACT and Queensland.
The types of benefits quantified included:
- reduction of delivery costs in the order of 80-90% relative to current ground-based methods (saving money for consumers and businesses);
- allowing merchants to reach four times as many consumers by bringing more households in to range (and similarly, allowing households to receive deliveries from four times as many merchants);
- improving convenience with delivery times that are 60-70% faster than current methods; and
- replacing ground vehicle journeys, which can reduce congestion, improve road safety and lower emissions.