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Global Drone Logistics and Transportation Market by Platform (Freight, Passenger, Ambulance Drones), Application (Logistics, Transportation), Solution (Hardware, Software, Infrastructure), User, Range, and Region - Forecast to 2030

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  • 276 Pages
  • December 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Markets and Markets
  • ID: 4542228

The global drone logistics and transport market is valued at USD 0.9 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 16.1 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 50.1% from 2023 to 2030. Over the last few decades, the drone based logistics and transportation segments have seen increased adoption due to the autonomous operations and cost savings involved compared to the traditional transportation and logistics pathways. This was enabled due to the rapid maturation of technology in drone autonomy as well as the readiness of infrastructure and software solutions that are required for this market to evolve. Growing involvement of commercial aviation enterprises and government investments in infrastructure are stimulating competition and innovation of drone logistics and transport market.

Based on platform, the freight drones segment will register the highest growth during the forecast period

Based on platform, the DLT market is segmented into freight drones, passenger drones, and air ambulance drones. The freight drones are further sub-segmented into delivery drones and cargo air vehicle and passenger drones are further sub-segmented into drone taxi, air shuttle, and personal air vehicles. The freight drone segment of the DLT market is expected to grow from USD 0.9 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 9.9 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 41.2% during the forecast period.

Based on the solution, the hardware segment will register the highest growth during the forecast period

Based on solutions, the DLT market is segmented into hardware, software, and infrastructure solutions. Of these segments, hardware is expected to have the highest growth from USD 0.74 billion in 2023 to USD 13.13 billion in 2030, registering a CAGR of 51.3%. Based on hardware, the drone logistics and transportation market has been further segmented into airframe, avionics & sensory payload, propulsion, and software. With significant investments in the development of drone infrastructure, the possibility of using drones for the transportation of passengers and cargo is gaining traction. Prototypes to ease the problem of congested traffic in urban areas in the form of cost-effective passenger drones are being developed. The major solutions required for the use of drones for passenger and cargo transportation include the development of infrastructure and reliable aerial vehicles.

Based on application, the Logistics segment is estimated to have the highest growth during the forecast period

Based on application, the drone logistics and transportation market has been segmented into logistics and transportation. The logistics segment of the drone logistics and transportation market is projected to grow from USD 0.9 billion in 2023 to USD 9.9 billion by 2030, at the highest CAGR of 41.2%. The logistics segment of the market consists of postal & package delivery, healthcare & pharmacy, retail & food, precision agriculture, industry delivery, weapons & ammunition, and maritime logistic services, all based on autonomous or semi-autonomous drones.

Based on users, the commercial segment is estimated to have the highest growth during the forecast period

Based on operation users, the drone logistics and transportation market has been segmented into government defense and commercial. The commercial segment is projected to grow from USD 839.86 million in 2023 to USD 13,765.50 million by 2030, at the highest CAGR of 49.7%. Reduction of human intervention leading to increased efficiency is driving the commercial segment of the DLT market.

Based on range, the close range (< 50 Km) segment is estimated to have the largest market share in 2023

Based on range, the drone logistics and transportation market has been segmented into Close range (< 50 kilometers), Short range (50 to 150 kilometers), Mid range (150 to 650 kilometers), and long range (>650 kilometers). The close range (< 50 kilometers) segment is estimated to account for the largest share (70%) of the drone logistics and transportation market in 2023. Their compact size and maneuverability make them ideal for navigating congested urban environments, significantly reducing delivery time and bypassing traffic bottlenecks. Additionally, they excel in delivering to remote or hard-to-reach areas, particularly where traditional ground transportation is inefficient or impractical. This versatility, coupled with their environmentally friendly nature and reduced operational costs, makes close-range delivery drones an indispensable tool for logistics companies seeking to optimize last-mile deliveries and gain a competitive edge in the dynamic landscape of drone logistics.

Based on regions, the Asia Pacific region is estimated to have the highest growth during the forecast period

The Asia Pacific region is estimated to account for the largest share of 37.7% of the drone logistics and transportation market in 2023. The growth of the region is attributed to the relaxing guidelines regarding the use of UAVs by concerned authorities in Asia Pacific countries. For instance, The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and its regional counterparts began collaboration in November 2023, on a framework for safety rules and standards to regulate air taxi and drone operations.

The break-up of the profiles of primary participants in the DLT market:

  • By Company Type: Tier 1 - 35%, Tier 2 - 45%, and Tier 3 - 20%
  • By Designation: C Level - 35%, Director Level - 25%, and Others - 40%
  • By Region: North America - 25%, Europe - 15%, Asia Pacific - 45%, Middle East - 10%, and Rest of the World (RoW) - 5%

Major companies profiled in the report include Alphabet Inc. (US), Hardis Group (France), Zipline (US), Volocopter GmbH (Germany), Textron Inc. (US) among others.

Research Coverage

This market study covers the drone logistics and transportation market across various segments and subsegments. It aims to estimate this market's size and growth potential across different parts based on size, operational orbits, application, component, end user, and region. This study also includes an in-depth competitive analysis of the key players in the market, their company profiles, key observations related to their product and business offerings, recent developments, and key market strategies they adopted.

Reasons to buy this report:

The report will help the market leaders/new entrants with information on the closest approximations of the revenue numbers for the overall drone logistics and transportation market. This report will help stakeholders understand the competitive landscape and gain more insights to position their businesses better and plan suitable go-to-market strategies. The report also helps stakeholders understand the market pulse and provides information on key market drivers, restraints, challenges, and opportunities. The drone logistics and transportation market is experiencing substantial growth, primarily driven by the exchange of real-time information. The increasing trend toward international cooperation and joint operations among nations is fostering demand for logistics and transport drones, contributing to regional and global stability.

The report provides insights on the following pointers:

  • Market Drivers: Market Drivers such as demand for last mile delivery and increasing demand for autonomous air ambulance vehicles among other drivers covered in the report.
  • Market Penetration: Comprehensive information on logistics and transport drones offered by the top players in the market.
  • Product Development/Innovation: Detailed insights on upcoming technologies, research & development activities, and new product launches in the drone logistics and transportation market.
  • Market Development: Comprehensive information about lucrative markets - the report analyses the drone logistics and transportation market across varied regions.
  • Market Diversification: Exhaustive information about new products, untapped geographies, recent developments, and investments in the drone logistics and transportation market.
  • Competitive Assessment: In-depth assessment of market shares, growth strategies, products, and manufacturing capabilities of leading players in the drone logistics and transportation market.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Objectives of the Study
1.2 Market Definition
1.3 Inclusions & Exclusions
1.4 Study Scope
1.4.1 Markets Covered
1.4.2 Years Considered for the Study
1.5 Currency
1.6 Limitations
1.7 Market Stakeholders
1.8 Summary of Changes
1.8.1 Recession Impact Analysis
2 Research Methodology
2.1 Research Data
2.1.1 Secondary Data Secondary Sources
2.1.2 Primary Data Primary Sources Key Data from Primary Sources Breakdown of Primaries
2.2 Market Size Estimation
2.2.1 Bottom-Up Approach
2.2.2 Top-Down Approach
2.3 Market Breakdown and Data Triangulation
2.4 Research Assumptions and Limitations
2.5 Growth Rate Assumptions
2.6 Recession Impact Analysis
2.7 Risks Analysis
3 Executive Summary4 Premium Insights
5 Market Overview
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Market Dynamics
5.2.1 Drivers
5.2.2 Restraints
5.2.3 Opportunities
5.2.4 Challenges
5.3 Value Chain Analysis
5.4 Market Ecosystem Map
5.4.1 Prominent Companies
5.4.2 Private and Small Enterprises
5.4.3 End-users
5.5 Disruption Impacting Dlt Customers’ Business
5.5.1 Revenue Shift & New Revenue Pockets for Dlt Manufacturers
5.6 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
5.7 Trade Analysis
5.8 Volume Analysis
5.9 Key Stakeholders & Buying Criteria
5.9.1 Key Stakeholders in Buying Process
5.9.2 Buying Criteria
5.1 Key Conferences & Events in 2023-2024
5.11 Tariff and Regulatory Landscape
5.11.1 Regulatory Bodies, Government Agencies and Other Organizations
5.12 Pricing Analysis
5.12.1 Average Selling Price Trend of Key Players, by Platform
5.12.2 Indicative Pricing Analysis, by Region
6 Industry Trends
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Technology Trends
6.3 Technology Analysis
6.4 Use Case Analysis
6.5 Impact of Megatrends
6.6 Innovation & Patent Registrations
7 Drone Logistics and Transportation Market, by Platform
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Freight Drone
7.2.1 Delivery Drone (<10 Kilograms)
7.2.2 Cargo Air Vehicles (>10 Kilograms)
7.3 Passenger Drone
7.3.1 Drone Taxi
7.3.2 Air Shuttles
7.3.3 Personal Air Vehicles
8 Drone Logistics and Transportation Market, by Solution
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Drone Logistics and Transportation, by Hardware
8.2.1 Airframe
8.2.2 Avionics & Sensory Payload
8.2.3 Propulsion
8.2.4 Software
8.2.5 Payload
8.3 Drone Logistics and Transportation, by Software
8.3.1 Route Planning and Optimizing
8.3.2 Inventory Management
8.3.3 Live Tracking
8.3.4 Fleet Management
8.3.5 Computer Vision
8.4 Drone Logistics and Transportation, by Infrastructure
8.4.1 Ground Control Stations
8.4.2 Charging Stations
8.4.3 Vertiports/Landing Pads
8.4.4 Micro-Fulfillment Centers
9 Drone Logistics and Transportation, by Application
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Logistics
9.2.1 Postal & Package Delivery
9.2.2 Healthcare & Pharmacy
9.2.3 Retail & Food
9.2.4 Precision Agriculture
9.2.5 Industrial Delivery
9.2.6 Weapons & Ammunitions
9.2.7 Maritime
9.3 Transportation
9.3.1 Patient Transport
9.3.2 Passenger Transport
10 Drone Logistics and Transportation Market, by User
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Government & Defense
10.3 Commercial
11 Drone Logistics and Transportation Market, by Range
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Close Range (<50 Kilometer)
11.3 Short Range (50 to 150 Kilometer)
11.4 Mid Range (150 to 650 Kilometer)
11.5 Long Range (>650 Kilometer)
12 Drone Logistics and Transportation Market, by Region
12.1 Introduction
12.2 North America
12.2.1 Recession Impact Analysis
12.2.2 North America PESTLE Analysis
12.2.3 US
12.2.4 Canada
12.3 Europe
12.3.1 Recession Impact Analysis
12.3.2 Europe PESTLE Analysis
12.3.3 UK
12.3.4 Germany
12.3.5 Italy
12.3.6 France
12.3.7 Switzerland
12.3.8 Norway
12.3.9 Sweden
12.3.10 Rest of Europe
12.4 Asia-Pacific
12.4.1 Recession Impact Analysis
12.4.2 Asia-Pacific PESTLE Analysis
12.4.3 China
12.4.4 Japan
12.4.5 India
12.4.6 Australia
12.4.7 Singapore
12.4.8 South Korea
12.4.9 Malaysia
12.4.10 New Zealand
12.5 Middle East
12.5.1 Recession Impact Analysis
12.5.2 Middle East PESTLE Analysis
12.5.3 UAE
12.5.4 Israel
12.5.5 Saudi Arabia
12.6 Latin America
12.6.1 Recession Impact Analysis
12.6.2 Latin America PESTLE Analysis
12.6.3 Brazil
12.6.4 Mexico
12.6.5 Colombia
12.6.6 Argentina
12.6.7 Peru
12.7 Africa
12.7.1 Recession Impact Analysis
12.7.2 Africa PESTLE Analysis
13 Competitive Landscape
13.1 Introduction
13.1.1 Market Evaluation Framework
13.2 Market Ranking Analysis
13.3 Market Share Analysis
13.4 Revenue Analysis of Top Five Market Players
13.5 Company Evaluation Matrix
13.5.1 Stars
13.5.2 Emerging Leaders
13.5.3 Pervasive Players
13.5.4 Participants
13.5.5 Company Footprint
13.6 Start-Up/Sme Evaluation Matrix
13.6.1 Progressive Companies
13.6.2 Responsive Companies
13.6.3 Dynamic Companies
13.6.4 Starting Blocks
13.6.5 Competitive Benchmarking
13.7 Competitive Scenario
13.8 Key Market Developments
13.8.1 Contracts
13.8.2 New Product Launches
13.8.3 Agreements, Partnerships, and Joint Ventures
13.9 Key Player Strategies/ Right to Win
14 Company Profiles
((Business Overview, Products Offered, Financials (Last Three Years Revenues) Recent Developments, SWOT Analysis, Analyst's View)*
14.1 Key Players
14.1.1 Alphabet Inc.
14.1.2 Hardis Group
14.1.3 Zipline
14.1.4 Volocopter GmbH
14.1.5 Textron Inc.
14.1.6 The Boeing Company
14.1.7 Airbus
14.1.8 Joby Aviation
14.1.9 Matternet, Inc.
14.1.10 Skydrop
14.1.11 Ehang
14.1.12 Kaleris
14.1.13 Cana LLC
14.1.14 Dronescan
14.1.15 Drone Delivery Canada Corp.
14.2 Startups
14.2.1 Flytrex
14.2.2 Skycart Inc.
14.2.3 Altitude Angel
14.2.4 Speedbird Aero
14.2.5 Skyports Limited
14.2.6 Infinium Robotics
14.2.7 Workhorse Group Inc.
14.2.8 Ageagle Aerial Systems Inc.
14.2.9 Airmap Inc.
14.2.10 Skysense
*Details on Business Overview, Valuation, Investments, Shareholding Details, No. of Employees, Revenue, Products Offered, Recent Developments, Analyst's View Will be Captured on Best Effort Basis Companies.
** Only Few Key Players are Mentioned Above, However Top 15 Key Players and 10 Other Players Will be Profiled During the Course of Research Study.
*** the Above Tentative Toc is Based on Preliminary Secondary Data and Could Improve Based on Primary Data in the Course of Research Study
**** All Segments Above Will be Further Assessed & Considered to be a Part of Market Breakdown. the Breakdown of Segments Will be Finalized During the Course of Research.
***** Request for Addition of Company Profiles or Countries in the Scope Can be Considered and Included Post Feasibility
15 Appendix
15.1 Discussion Guide
15.2 Knowledge Store: The Subscription Portal
15.3 Introducing Rt: Real-Time Market Intelligence
15.4 Available Customizations

Companies Mentioned

  • Ageagle Aerial Systems Inc.
  • Airbus
  • Airmap Inc.
  • Alphabet Inc.
  • Altitude Angel
  • Cana LLC
  • Drone Delivery Canada Corp.
  • Dronescan
  • Ehang
  • Flytrex
  • Hardis Group
  • Infinium Robotics
  • Joby Aviation
  • Kaleris
  • Matternet, Inc.
  • Skycart Inc.
  • Skydrop
  • Skyports Limited
  • Skysense
  • Speedbird Aero
  • Textron Inc.
  • The Boeing Company
  • Volocopter GmbH
  • Workhorse Group Inc.
  • Zipline

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