New Hub for #DroneTesting: Netherlands
While the FAA has allowed Amazon to begin testing its drones, it has placed a number of restrictions which currently prohibit the operator to allow the drone to fall out of site. Meanwhile, Europe has been more open about technological innovations.The Dutch government may have agreed to allow drone testing. Dutch companies- B2C Europe, have joined forces with Parcer to unfold a contemporary consignment service.
Parcer, the innovator of wireless internet connected mailboxes has associated with the cross-border E-commerce delivery and return shipping solutions B2C Europe, to use drones for a faster and a convenient delivery to the people of Netherlands.
The mailboxes manufactured by Parcer are internet connected devices which are activated with a code and don’t require external power supplies and even a human presence.
The drones are programmed to open the Parcer boxes using RFID technology, after which they can drop the parcel inside the smart mailbox. “By removing the need for a human to place the parcel in the locker, deliveries can be scheduled at any time of day or night, and the boxes can be located anywhere that is accessible by air, whether that is a back garden or a balcony”, the company states in their press release.
When Amazon made headlines last year with its flying drone deliveries, Stuart Rivett, managing director of B2C Europe, stated to the Financial Times that “practical limits on the weight of any drone package are a handicap to introducing flying deliveries” and dismissed Amazon’s experiments as a complete PR stunt. It is quite surprising to see the company interest for the same drone delivery service.
Law enforcement in the Netherlands have a plan in case drones pilots fly them places they aren’t supposed to. Dutch police are currently training white-tailed eagles to bring down unlicensed civilian drones with a view to using them for real-life encounters by the end of the year. Concern has been raised from the animal welfare standpoint as the bird could suffer injuries in the process.
- During daylight hours only, 30 minutes before sunrise or 30 minutes after sunset local time.
- Up to 400 feet above ground, generally, and at a speed of up to 100 miles per hour.
- Yielding the right of way to other aircraft, like planes and helicopters
- Remaining within the visual line of sight (VLOS) of a remote pilot in command of the drone, and the person manning the flight controls of the drone.
As reported by the Hague Security Delta, there is a lot of interest in UAVs in the Netherlands: police, fire departments, and other emergency services would like to put them into practice short-term. The same applies to commercial parties such as delivery services, farmers, and planners. At the same time, the Dutch technology sector is very enthusiastic about designing applications for UAVs.
The global small drones market is projected to grow from USD 5.80 Billion in 2015 to USD 10.04 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 11.6% during the period under consideration. The North America market will witness high growth over the period of 2016-2020. However, the market growth of small UAVs will be defined on how the countries define policies which reduce the market barriers and ease the way for the commercial drone industry to operate at varying degrees of autonomy.