With technology advancing so rapidly it can be compelling to think about the future. The world is getting more advanced and all industries will see major changes in the near future. The moving industry is no different. I thought it would be fun to look at some possibilities for moving in the future.
WHERE ARE WE NOW
Drones were once only viewed as a new means for photography, but are now being considered for several other functions. Many companies are experimenting with drone delivery. It is much easier than sending a delivery truck (Amazon, Dominos, UPS). Drones cannot get stuck in traffic which make them ideal for transporting goods. Their routes can be pre-programmed in less than a minute, so no one would have to be actively directing them.
Currently there are regulations around flying drones. As of now to fly under the small UAS rule, the drone cannot be over 55 lbs., including its payload. It also cannot fly higher than 400 feet and can’t fly over people. They also cannot fly over 100 mph. These regulations may be problematic for delivering goods now, but once airspace is more mapped out, new laws may be more suitable for companies utilizing drone services.
Of course, if a moving company were to use drones there is always a question of safety. We must make sure that the drone can hold large items safely and insure they won’t fall. We would have to have all routes pre-programmed to increase efficiency. Cameras could be attached to the drones to make sure we didn’t fly directly over anybody.
WHERE WE’RE HEADED
The Griff 300 is a new drone being deployed and it has a load capacity of 500 lbs for 30-45 minutes depending on payload. This is just the first in its series. The next model from Griff is projected to be able to lift up to 1,700 lbs. You can only imagine how powerful these drones will be in ten years. With current technology drone operators would only be able to take items from point A to point B. With improving technology, it is possible drone operators would be able to navigate items through a house.
(Griffin 300 seen above)
Another innovation that has just come out recently are driverless trucks. They run on electricity which is eco-friendly. They can also be made with a lift gate that would raise items up for you. This would revolutionize the moving industry because a customer could request a truck online and it would be sent to them. They could use the lift gate, and dollies to get items in and out of the truck. Then the truck would drive itself to their new house where the owners could unload the truck. Of course, it would still be smart to have some movers physically move items and provide their moving expertise.
Overall it is clear that technology is going to shape the future. It’s good to dream up new creative ways to improve an industry and consider how it could realistically influence that industry in the future.