Delivery Drone Market - Growth, Trends, Forecasts, And Industry Outlook

  • Published Date : Jul 2023

Drone producers and Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) suppliers over the globe are creating specially crafted industry-explicit solutions for the business needs of their clients. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are witnessing expanded application over various sectors like construction, entertainment, agriculture and delivery solutions which is favoring the demand for drones in the market. Drones were primarily recognized as military equipment, but later the delivery drones got popular in the commercial market in no time.

Technological advancements in this sector made it feasible for the manufacturers to make models in various shapes, sizes, loads, which are fit for delivering distinct products. Delivery drones also gained popularity due to its capacity of providing upgraded profitability through development and feasibility in most of the operations. The decrease in cost and time related with such exercises is encouraging the expanding use of UAVs in most of the segments. This pattern is expected to open new job opportunities and enhance overall economies. The global delivery drone market size was valued at USD 5.80 billion, with an expected 274.6 thousand units sold, in 2018. The market is predicted to enroll a CAGR of 56.5%.

The need of quicker mobility of products has helped the demand to increase for the delivery drone system. This, has impelled the market for delivery drones all around. The market at present is in its earliest stages with a great potential to develop. The tremendous opportunities in the business have pulled in the consideration of some prestigious organizations, like, Google LLC, Inc., and Deutsche Post DHL Group, which are at present putting resources into the market.

Prominent Players in the Industry:

  • Airbus SE
  • Inc.
  • DJI
  • Deutsche Post AG
  • Uber Technologies Inc.

Market Dynamics:

Rising Factors

  • Rising Demand in healthcare sector
  • Technological advancements in drone battery and equipment
  • Increased applications in the E-commerce sector


  • Lack of technical expertise
  • Low battery life of delivery drones
  • High Prices


  • High demand for rotary wing segment of drones

The rotating wing (Rotary Wing) section is anticipated to have the biggest share in the delivery drones’ market. Rotary wing drones, particularly the quadcopters, have become very popular in recent years. Their vertical take-off and landing capacities, combined with their capacity to drift, have expanded their suitability for different delivery applications. Many organizations have determined rotary wing drones as novel platform for delivery of goods. For example, in October 2019, Uber Eats revealed insights regarding the organization's measures for food delivery by means of automated drones. Uber's VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) drone highlights pivoting wings with six rotors and voyages a limit of eight minutes flight of 18 miles and a full circle delivery of 12 miles. As the advancements in the rotor wing drone applications are more, their expanded utilization is relied upon to favor the segment in increasing their market share during the forecast period.

Market Segmentation:

By Type

  • Rotary-wing
  • Fixed-wing

By Capacity

  • Less than 10kg
  • Greater than10kg

End User

  • Food
  • Healthcare
  • Retail and Logistics
  • Postal

By Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Rest of the World

The global delivery drones’ market is divided into Asia Pacific, North America, Europe and Rest of the World. Among these regions, North America dominates the delivery drones market and is expected to reach US$ 1,074.7 Mn by 2027, expecting a CAGR of 35.2%. North America because of expanding uses of delivery drones in different segments like construction, food and emergency delivery services. North America also dominates the global delivery drones market due to favorable government policies and support for uplifting the market in the region. Asia Pacific is the second biggest delivery drones market in the world after North America. Countries like china and japan are using drones technology to cut the labor costs, as drones give additional work efficiency as compared to manual work.

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