The Delivery Drones Market was valued at about USD 2 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 5.6 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of about 14% during the forecast period (2021-2026).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased deployment of drones for the delivery of a wide range of medical equipment, cargo, and parcels, among others. This is majorly due to increased emphasis on contactless deliveries to remote areas at a faster pace compared to traditional delivery channels. This has led to increased demand for delivery drones in 2020.
With the increased demand for drone delivery services globally, various countries are easing the regulations to support the operation of drones in their airspace. This is expected to accelerate the growth in procurements of drones to offer new delivery routes for remote areas during the forecast period.
As the market is currently in its infancy stage with enormous opportunities in the industry, various companies such as Google LLC, Amazon.com Inc., and Deutsche Post DHL Group have been investing in developing and deploying their fleet of delivery drones. Furthermore, over the years, various companies have entered into the market that have performed their first flights and received approvals from bodies regarding the usage of delivery drones. Such developments are anticipated to propel the growth of the market in the coming years.
The increased investments towards development and integration of beyond visual range of sight (BVLOS) capabilities to the drones, which will allow the companies cover far greater distances is anticipated to drive the growth of the market.
Key Market Trends
Retail and Logistics Segment Held the Largest Market Share by Revenue in 2020
The retail and logistics segment currently dominates the market and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. This is majorly due to the increased demand for drones to deliver parcels and packages from retailers, e-commerce providers, last-mile delivery companies, shore-to-ship drone operations, and postal companies. Major e-commerce companies and local postal authorities in collaboration with local governments are launching drone delivery services to minimize the efforts to deliver packages and parcels to remote islands, mountainous areas, and cities. For instance, as of November 2020, the United Kingdom was in plans to allow drones to deliver goods to rural areas as part of a plan to introduce advanced transport technologies in the isolated towns/remote parts of the country as well as reduce carbon emissions. Furthermore, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, various sectors have been implementing drone delivery technology to promote contactless deliveries. Similarly, in April 2021, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore began a new program to use drones for the transportation of documents, supplies, and parts to vessels at anchor in its harbor. This is a part of the country's plan to integrate advanced drone technologies for marine applications. Due to the lack of delivery personnel and the impact of the global pandemic, the necessity to respond to changes in the logistics industry has become more urgent than ever before and the use of drones may help realize automatic, contactless delivery services on remote islands, mountainous areas and even within the cities. This is strengthening the demand for the segment during the forecast period.
Asia-Pacific Region is Expected to Witness Highest Growth During Forecast Period
The Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. With the changing regulations in the countries, the increasing support of commercial drone operations is propelling the growth of drone delivery operations in the region. China is the largest market for delivery drones due to increased drone delivery operations in the country from major e-commerce companies like JD.com and Alibaba Group. Also, the government of China, through the State Post Bureau of the People's Republic of China has issued a new Specification for Express Delivery Service by Unmanned Aircraft (Standard), which came into effect from January 2021. The Standard was developed by EHang, JD.com, and ZTO Express for improving the last-mile delivery service and promote the development of intelligent aerial logistics of the urban air mobility (UAM) industry. With the support of such changes in the drone regulations in various countries of the region, the companies have been robustly developing plans for the drone delivery services sector. In this regard, in April 2021, ANA Holdings Inc. entered into a partnership with Wingcopter to accelerate the deployment of drones for the delivery of vital pharmaceuticals and other consumer products to the country's remote islands and mountainous regions. The company plans to commercialize drone delivery services by 2022. This initiative was announced as the government of Japan is in plans to relax drone regulations by the end of 2020. Such plans of the companies to introduce drone services is expected to propel the growth of the market during the forecast period.
The market of delivery drones is highly fragmented with many new players entering the market. The prominent players in the aircraft delivery drones market are DJI, United Parcel Service of America Inc., Zipline, Deutsche Post AG, Flytrex, and Amazon.com, Inc. The advent of players from the logistics, healthcare, and food delivery sectors into the drone market has led to an increase in the competition for the delivery drone manufacturers. To further increase their share in the market, the companies are investing in increasing their fleet of drones as well as begin their operations with new regulatory approvals. For instance, Amazon announced that the company received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones. The company received certification under Part 135 of FAA regulations that will allow the company to perform beyond the visual line of sight operations to package parcels on small drones. The market is expected to become more competitive during the forecast period, as many companies from various sectors are eyeing the potential benefits of drone delivery and are planning to make use of the huge opportunities existing in the market.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 1.1 Study Assumptions
- 1.2 Scope of the Study
2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
4 MARKET DYNAMICS
- 4.1 Market Overview
- 4.2 Market Drivers
- 4.3 Market Restraints
- 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
- 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
- 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
- 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
- 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
- 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD billion)
- 5.1 Type
- 5.1.1 Rotary-wing
- 5.1.2 Fixed-wing
- 5.2 Capacity
- 5.2.1 Less than 10kg
- 5.2.2 Greater than 10kg
- 5.3 End-user
- 5.3.1 Food
- 5.3.2 Healthcare
- 5.3.3 Retail and Logistics
- 5.4 Geography
- 5.4.1 North America
- 5.4.2 Europe
- 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific
- 5.4.4 Rest of the World
6 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
- 6.1 Company Profiles
- 6.1.1 Airbus SE
- 6.1.2 Amazon.com, Inc.
- 6.1.3 EHang Holdings Limited
- 6.1.4 DJI
- 6.1.5 Flirtey
- 6.1.6 Wingcopter GmbH
- 6.1.7 Alphabet Inc.
- 6.1.8 Zipline
- 6.1.9 TechEagle Innovations Private Limited
- 6.1.10 FedEx Corporation
- 6.1.11 Drone Delivery Canada
- 6.1.12 United Parcel Service of America Inc.
- 6.1.13 FLYTREX
- 6.1.14 Deutsche Post AG
7 MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS