Cargo drones could be the future of the shipping industry

Today, container ships transport over 90% of all goods in the world and more than $4 trillion worth annually, according to the World Shipping Council. But, it can take over a month for those goods to sail from Beijing to New York. By land, trucks move nearly 71% of all the freight tonnage in the U.S., according to the American Trucking Association. Problem is, there’s a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. So, how do you speed up shipments while keeping personnel low?

Startups like Natilus, Volans-i, Matternet and Zipline believe the answer is autonomous flying drones that can carry goods, even heavy cargo, and fly long distances to deliver products, supplies or even medical samples.