If you live in New Delhi or New York, Do Not Expect a Drone to Deliver Your Pizza Anytime Soon

If you live in New Delhi or New York, Do Not Expect a Drone to Deliver Your Pizza Anytime Soon
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Yes, you heard it right it is true that New Delhi or New York like big cities have very dense population.

Yes, you heard it right it is true that New Delhi or New York like big cities have very dense population.

If you were also dreaming to get a pizza delivered by a drone or an Amazon drone by knocking at your door then accept it that it will remain a dream for now.

Researchers have clearly said that in densely-populated areas like New York or New Delhi, a drone delivery service is not realistic and may not be possible.

If you're wondering about the reason that it is very clear that demand for drone delivery in e-retail is high but the ability to meet that demand is very low.

For a city like New York, the optimal design for the test locations, based on all factors, is three drone facilities covering 75 per cent of NYC area and 34 per cent of the population.

Researchers from University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada said:

"Opening a fourth facility increases area and population coverage to 84 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively, but the increase in operation cost is not enough to cover the facility costs."

Fatma Gzara, a professor in the Department of Management Sciences at Waterloo:

"We analyse the tradeoffs between distribution costs and revenues under varying social difficulties with drones like customer preferences and regulatory and technological limitations."

She added more:

"We then can make educated decisions on how many facilities to open, which services to offer at that facility and which services to make available to customers in certain areas."

In the journal Transportation Science, the new research has been published. It shows to look at how possible and desirable it is to use drones for delivery for e-retailers considering cost and effectiveness in different population areas and in certain locations.

The Gohram Baloch and Gzara has used New York City for the study as an example and looks at data surrounding the Manhattan area. The authors separated the study as per the area into boroughs based on population and size.

Baloch and Gzara said:

They chose New York because the world's largest e-retail company, Amazon, first started its 2-hour delivery services in the Big Apple. "Our results show that government regulations, technological limitations, and service charge decisions play a vital role in optimal configurations and drone target markets."

The researchers have written:

"Under current drone landing capabilities, a drone delivery service may not be possible in a densely populated area like Manhattan where demand for such a service is expected to be high."

After research finding shows that the e-retailers can reach smaller markets and more price-sensitive customers by possibly offering discounts on drone-delivered orders.

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