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The future of last-mile parcel delivery is fast and contactless, with delivery drivers focused on eliminating traffic and parking problems. An increasingly prominent option is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.

A study was published this week in the scientific journal comparing the environmental impact of different forms of last-mile delivery. Patterns.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University compared the energy consumption of quadcopter drones with diesel and electric medium-duty trucks, small vans and electric cargo bikes per package.

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They found that the greenhouse gas emissions per package were 84% lower for drones than for diesel trucks. Unsurprisingly, drones used up to 94% less energy per package than trucks.

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