Fairfield Market Research Autonomous Last Mile Delivery Market Size, Growth 2030

Autonomous Last Mile Delivery Market

Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2023-2030 - By Product, Technology, Grade, Application, End-user, Region: (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East and Africa)

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This study intends to analyse diverse aspects of the global autonomous last mile delivery market. The insights offered in this report are expected to aid in market growth examination over the forecast timeline.

Market Analysis in Brief

The global autonomous last mile delivery market is a rapidly growing industry that is expected to revolutionize the way goods are delivered. This market is driven by the increasing demand for faster and more efficient delivery services, as well as by technological advancements such as AI, robotics, and autonomous vehicles; while being characterized by the presence of several key players who are investing heavily in R&D initiatives to improve their products and services. The sector is also witnessing a steep rise in partnerships and collaborations between companies to expand their respective reach and capabilities.

However, there are still several challenges that need to be addressed, such as regulatory hurdles, safety concerns, and the need for further infrastructure development. Despite these challenges, the autonomous last mile delivery market is poised for significant growth in the years ahead, with the potential to transform the logistics industry in its entirety and improve overall customer experience.

Key Report Findings

  • The global autonomous last mile delivery market was valued at about US$11 Bn in 2021
  • In 2020, autonomous delivery vehicles accounted for about 3% of last mile deliveries in the US
  • Amazon remains the largest autonomous last mile delivery company globally
  • Asia Pacific to index the highest CAGR over the forecast period

Growth Drivers

Expanding e-Commerce Industry

Over the last decade, the prominence of the e-Commerce sector has grown several-fold. This can be attributed to a host of elements such as a surge in disposable incomes, globalization, and heightened urbanization levels. Owing to the increasing volumes of transactions being carried out, both domestically and across borders, there is a greater need for delivery options that are more efficient, faster, and cost-effective. Autonomous last mile delivery solutions are capable of catering to this increase in demand.

A study by Fairfield Market Research foresees an impressive growth outlook for the global autonomous last mile delivery market. Moreover, the adoption of various advancements in technology such as AI, robotics, machine learning, the use of LiDAR, etc., are leading to the development of more sophisticated autonomous last mile delivery solutions. These advancements are making it possible for service providers to design solutions that can navigate urban environments and handle a wider range of tasks in a better manner. Factors such as this are expected to have a profound influence on the growth trajectory of the global autonomous last mile delivery market in the coming years.

Cost Savings, and Environmental Concerns

Autonomous last mile delivery solutions have the potential to lower delivery costs by dropping the number of delivery vehicles used and the need for human drivers. Doing so will allow companies to save on both labour and transportation costs. Additionally, there is a growing sense of concern about the impacts of traditional delivery models on the environment, particularly related to carbon emissions.

Autonomous last mile delivery solutions are more capable of addressing these concerns as they have been found to be more energy-efficient as they generate fewer emission. Furthermore, these solutions help to boost customer satisfaction as they offer faster and more reliable delivery times. This technology also allows companies to differentiate themselves in a congested marketplace and further build upon customer loyalty. These elements are expected to augment the global autonomous last mile delivery market.

COVID-19 Impacts 

The COVID-19 pandemic led to short-term disruptions, while it eased long-term changes in the operational structure of the autonomous last mile delivery market. These changes have been executed based on the soaring demand for essential products and services. The demand for autonomous last mile delivery solutions spiked owing to the increasing reliance on e-Commerce channels for the supply of daily need products, and FMCG essentials. Considering the new normal defined by social distancing, this pandemic acted as a catalyst in spurring unattended, contactless, and autonomous delivering techniques/solutions.

Growth Challenges

High Initial Costs, Regulatory Challenges, and Technical Limitations

The development and deployment of autonomous last mile delivery solutions, particularly for small-sized companies can be an expensive endeavour. This could relegate the adoption of autonomous solutions to larger companies that have a higher spending capability. Moreover, these delivery solutions are subject to various guidelines and regulations. As there is uncertainty as to how these safeguards could evolve over time, the adoption and deployment of these solutions could be hindered.

Additionally, autonomous last mile delivery solutions may be vulnerable to cyber-attacks and security breaches, which could result in the theft of personal data or goods thus potentially damaging customer trust and adoption. Factors such as these are expected to have a negative effect on the further progression of the global autonomous last mile delivery market.

Growth Opportunities Across Regions

Asia Pacific Establishes Dominance

While North America, and Europe are considered mature markets for autonomous last mile delivery solutions, owing to percolation of the e-Commerce sector and the presence of many established industry players in these regions, Asia Pacific’s autonomous last mile delivery market is expected to index a high CAGR over the forecast period. This can be accredited to the consistently growing customer base, particularly of younger generations, as well as the presence of companies such as Alibaba, and JD.com, and the increasing adoption of e-Commerce solutions in the region. The regional growth trajectory of this global market is expected to be bolstered in the years ahead.

Key Market Players – Autonomous Last mile Delivery Landscape

Some key companies in the global autonomous last mile delivery market include Amazon.com Inc., FedEx Corporation, JD.com Inc., Nuro Inc., Starship Technologies, Postmates, Kiwibot (Kiwi Campus), and Refraction AI, to name a few. Key players in the market have been involved in new product launches and are implementing other growth strategies such as collaborations and acquisitions to strengthen their position.

Autonomous Last mile Delivery Market: Key Developments

  • In April 2021, Level 5, a self-driving vehicle company, was acquired by Woven Planet, a subsidiary of Toyota. This acquisition is expected to fuel the development of Toyota’s autonomous delivery vehicles and logistics operations
  • In February 2021, Chowbotics, a robotics company that develops automated food preparation systems, was acquired by DoorDash. This move is expected to offer new services to DoorDash’s customers and to improve the efficiency of its food delivery operations
  • In January 2021, Alibaba sought to expand its logistics capabilities and improve its last mile delivery solutions by investing US$807 Mn in Suning.com, a Chinese retail giant that runs a network of stores and logistics centres
  • In December 2020, ShopRunner, an e-Commerce company that offer free 2-day shipping and returns for online retailers, was acquired by FedEx. This was done to FedEx to compete with Amazon by boosting its e-Commerce capabilities in the last mile delivery sector

Regional Classification of the Global Autonomous Last mile Delivery Market is Listed Below:

North America

  • U.S.
  • Canada

Europe

  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • U.K.
  • Italy
  • Russia
  • Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • Japan
  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • Rest of Asia Pacific

 Latin America

  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Rest of Latin America

Middle East and Africa

  • GCC
  • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East & Africa

*Regions and countries are subject to change based on data availability.

Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Autonomous Last Mile Delivery Market

  • Autonomous Last Mile Delivery Market by Product/Technology/Grade, Application/End-user, and Region
  • Executive Summary (Opportunity Analysis and Key Trends)
  • Historical Market Size and Estimates, Value, 2019 - 2022
  • Market Value at Regional and Country Level, 2023 - 2030
  • Market Dynamics and Economic Overview
  • Market Size in Value, Growth Rates, and Forecast Figures, 2023 - 2030
  • Competitive Intelligence with Financials, Key Developments, and Portfolio of Leading Companies 
  • Regional and Product/Grade/Application/End-user Price Trends Analysis
  • Value Chain and Five Force’s Analysis
  • Regional/Sub-region/Country Market Size and Trend Analysis
  • Company Market Share Analysis and Key Player Profiles

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