Drone-aided routing: A literature review

Giusy Macrina, Luigi Di Puglia Pugliese, Francesca Guerriero, Gilbert Laporte

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The interest in using drones in various applications has grown significantly in recent years. The reasons are related to the continuous advances in technology, especially the advent of fast microprocessors, which support intelligent autonomous control of several systems. Photography, construction, and monitoring and surveillance are only some of the areas in which the use of drones is becoming common. Among these, last-mile delivery is one of the most promising areas. In this work we focus on routing problems with drones, mostly in the context of parcel delivery. We survey and classify the existing works and we provide perspectives for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102762
JournalTransportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies
Early online date8 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Drones
  • Logistics
  • Survey
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Vehicle routing problem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Transportation
  • Computer Science Applications


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