Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the logistics industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. So, let’s take a look at promising drones solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Drone Startups
For our 5 picks of drone startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 373 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
DroneScan – Inventory Management
Drones have enhanced the inventory management process by taking over everyday tasks that are fulfilled in a warehouse: scanning barcodes, checking inventory, collecting required items, mapping out the optimal route for inventory optimization. They speed up the checking process and eliminate the human factor and, thus, mistakes that occur when preparing an item for delivery. South African company DroneScan provides live feedback about the scanned item so that warehouse workers save up time and immediately use the received data for furthering of the logistics procedure.
Archon – Surveillance & Monitoring
Using drones for warehouse inspections and surveillance makes the process more secure and safe. This type of monitoring relates to spotting any problems with the facilities such as roof leaks, shelves instability, identifying the capacity of the location for delivering items, observing the yard and docks. Archon, a startup from Italy, delivers autonomous robotic services together with recharge stations, from which the robots do supervised or unsupervised inspections of logistics operations and warehouse objects.
Hubvery – Last-Mile Delivery
Automated drone delivery resolves the problem of traffic congestion in logistics by decreasing the number of vehicles on the roads as well as alleviating the issue of delivering goods to remote areas due to the drone’s flexibility. The US-based startup Hubvery fosters the cooperation between logistics and drones companies to enable customers to order via an app on their phone or website, to track the delivery timing and location of the drone and even earn money by installing an autonomous charging drone hub on the car.
Drone Delivery Canada – Depot To Depot Delivery
Cargo deliveries can also be managed with the help of heavy-lift drones that are able to carry items from and to storehouses without any road traffic delays. Canadian Drone Delivery Canada is a B2B service which uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to deliver goods from location A to location B with the commands being sent from the mission control unit managed via a special software platform.
Zipline – First-Aid Delivery
The logistics industry is focused on ways to resolve the problem of delivering necessary medication, and products to remote areas. Drone delivery has already saved lives by transporting urgent medical supplies, blood for donation, food, water, and other essentials. The US-based company Zipline cooperates with hospitals and the governmental health sector focusing on delivering medication and blood to remote rural territories that cannot be easily and quickly accessed by ordinary vehicles.
What About The Other 368 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 drone startups showcased above are promising examples out of 373 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.