Instant logistics, the category name for drones
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News 1: Zipline, the leader and the experienced one
Zipline has a record of 150.000 flights in the last 5 years, mainly delivering medicine to hospitals in Africa. It builds and operates the drone, and the logistics back-end as well. In the news with a $250m new financing, the second round in 2021. Key is the US market and Zipline seeks an official authorisation from the US flight regulator FAA. Opinion for B2B: A real momentum behind Zipline, with bet on the so-called “Instant Logistics”. Makes sense in regions where local transport is not effective or in less densely populated area. For health, disaster recovery, retail. Objective of Zipline is the US — the “final” main market.
Remember a new vocabulary, instant logistics and Zipline!
News 2: Manna Drone Delivery — litterally instant delivery
Manna Drone Delivery has a well-defined scope — drone delivery from restaurant chains, dark kitchens, retailers. An altitude of 80 metres, a speed of over 80kph, a 2km radius, less than 3 minutes — for express / instant delivery. Based in Ireland Manna recently gathered $30m. First tests in the Galway area. Opinion for B2B: The idea behind Manna is to replace the traditional on-the-road food delivery, time, accidents and pollution. Key again is the authorisation and the proof of scaling drone delivery without danger. The Irish authority just gave an agreement that extends to the EU.
New business and delivery forms ahead of us!
News 3: DJI the leader of consumer drones with a cheap one
DJI has been reigning on the consumer drone market, they are now offering an entry-price drone Mini SE for $299. DJI has been focussing on non-leasure use cases like cinematography, industry (maintenance of heavy industry), agriculture and public safety (surveillance). Opinion for B2B: Impressive is the use case of filming with many series and film productions using drones to film from above — a replacement of very expensive helicopters. DJI features films where the drone was used: Mind Hunter, Mr. Robot, Castle Rock.
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Author is the research team (10 trend scouters) at specialist Space and Lemon (Hamburg, Berlin) — scouting in main tech geographies, in AI development, virtual worlds and e-commerce. Excerpts of research are gathered here in original weekly news since 2016, always with a professional opinion — no re-write of TechCrunch. Research time: July 2021.
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