Small airborne drones working within large warehouse structures have the ability to manage massive amounts of inventory using barcodes or radio-frequency IDs (among others) much more efficiently than current methods (which usually include teams of employees working manually). Such vehicles would likely have some level of autonomy and perform their duties in warehouses with minimal human oversight.
Small airborne drones are in development that will allow pharmacists and hospitals to quickly transport and deliver various medicines and medical supplies (including blood transfusions), thereby creating an interconnected network within the greater medical system that will boost efficiency and lower costs, in addition to allowing for faster response times to lifethreatening crises within this network.
Drones can be used as support systems for factory workers, working alongside them and providing assistance with assembly, maintenance, and inspection on the factory floor.
Small airborne drones can be used to identify and track cargo passing through the world’s ports. The monitoring of loading procedures, hazard detection, and airborne inspections are all also possible applications for aerial drones within ports.