No Driver Needed
As soon as the world was locked down, we faced an explosive demand for unmanned goods and passengers transportation, both by ground and by air. Startup drone producers of all kinds immediately came back to life, although two or three months ago, many of them were barely making ends meet. The situation is developing naturally: Drones help to minimize physical contacts partially compensating for the lack of labor force caused by the lockdown.
A case in point is Neolix, a Chinese startup producing unmanned vans. In 2019, the company produced a total of 125 units of equipment, and over the past two months it has received orders for more than 200 vans at once. Today, Neolix drones are already actively used by such delivery monsters as Alibaba, Meituan Dianping and others. And besides, they are used to disinfect streets and deliver food to emergency personnel.
Recently, the unmanned food delivery service was approved in the United States, the American road safety services not raising any objections.