Powered by 4G, or in the future, 5G network connectivity, a fleet of drones can help companies implement last-mile solutions at scale.
While a drone does not have a human on board, it usually still needs an operator on the ground to oversee operations. However, if federal regulations evolve to allow operators to control more than one drone at a time, one operator controlling more than one drone could help make the process cost-effective and scalable because a fleet of drones could be managed by fewer human operators. Drones also consult preinstalled onboard maps. Much like how a set of maps in a car's GPS system can help determine the optimal route to a destination, routing software and advanced computer vision could help aid with adjusting flight paths to avoid other air traffic and obstacles, while helping to compute the most direct path to the final point. Built-in sensors can also detect obstacles along the way and adjust flight paths to fly around them.
New drone technology can also adjust accordingly to changing situations on the ground. Communications with ground control can help drones reconfigure paths or add on or delete tasks as needed. A central coordinator can dispatch the closest drones to a job, further maximizing efficiency.