How do You Feel About Drone Package Delivery?
Amazon announced last December they intended to launch a fleet of small drone helicopters to deliver lightweight packages to their customers in the US. Will all retailers have delivery drones? Do we really want this or need it?
After an initial guffaw from consumers and experts, the realization slowly sunk in that such a package delivery service is not only possible, it seems inevitable. Google and Domino’s Pizza are jumping on the drone bandwagon too.
I watched a drone last summer hovering above a baseball park in my local community. The stability of how they fly is amazing and they can go a good distance and lift a payload of 5 lbs. It seems that all that’s required now for commercial use is permission from government authorities and a reliable system of delivery.
Robots are a disruptive technology growing in use both domestically and commercially. There are a good number of arguments for and against them, but if we’re to stay competitive internationally, we’ll have to get comfortable with the presence of robots at work and home.
The FAA apparently has been interested in opening up the airspace to drones so that would pretty well indicate what the legislative response to drones will be in the US.
But could politicians turn this into a political football like the Keystone Oil Pipeline? This one’s going to be controversial. The fact the drones are eco-friendly will be a plus for their acceptance.
Billion Dollar Delivery Market Beckons
The eye opener is that drones represent a huge commercial opportunity (one estimate is $98 Billion). Amazon is hardly the only entrepreneurial player. A company called SF Express has used them for delivery as you can see in this video below where a delicate cake was delivered via the skies. This is just the beginning.
What is a Drone?
The drones are small 8-bladed electric-powered helicopters directed by a GPS system to deliver packages. The small ones aren’t noisy but larger drones may be.
For delivering prescriptions or emergency medication to remote addresses, the drones seem like a truly marvelous invention. Anyone living in Muskoka or Haliburton would probably enjoy that kind of peace of mind and time saving, to have a package delivered directly to them. But to traditionalists who want to keep the skies free of noisy buzzers, they’re a nuisance.
There are problems that will have to be solved and minimum safety compliance standards have to be met before they’re allowed to fly in Canada and the US. Those would include:
- Where to land
- Package security
- Collisions with trees, towers, telephone wires, etc.
- Weather – wind and rain
- Lost cellular communication
- Mechanical failure with crash
- Damage by package recipients
- Radio frequency jamming
- Physical attack such as shooting from criminals
Comments: What an interesting era we live in. How do you feel about having free home delivery via drone helicopter? Does it make your life easier and better?
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