It has been about 15 months since Amazon announced its drone delivery efforts on a highly publicized episode of 60 Minutes. Since then, the company has developed its Amazon Prime Air service, particularly via a private customer trial in the U.K.

More recently, the company was granted a U.S. patent for a delivery drone that can respond to human gestures, but U.S. drone delivery has not yet occurred.

But that hasn’t halted other companies from jumping into the drone delivery market. As companies continue to look for ways to become more efficient with their supply chain and logistics efforts, aerial drone delivery has literally taken off. Several new ventures aim to deliver packages via drone, ranging from very small packages up to deliveries of 500 pounds or more.

In this free download, author Ed O’Brien gives an overview of several of these efforts, providing a high-level view of the market, the business problems being solved, and some of the regulations surrounding drone delivery in the U.S.

The whitepaper also highlights three examples of companies around the world delivering everything from pizzas to medical supplies via drone, and how their efforts are being received.

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