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Shipment costs using drones for parcel delivery 2016-2020

Projected cost of parcel delivery per drone shipment in North America from 2016 to 2020, by price of drone (in U.S. dollars)*

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North America

Survey time period

December 2013

Supplementary notes

According to the source, values are calculated assuming 17 percent of the shipments are done by drone in 2016 and rising to 86 percent by 2020. Also the amount of packages shipped are assumed to increase with a 1.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and a direct and indirect drone operational expenditure (OpEx) to be eight percent of the drone prices and declining at five percent per year.

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