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12-01-2013   #1 (permalink)
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Amazon Wants To Deliver Your Stuff Using Drones. Seriously.

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It sounds like a late April Fool's joke, but no. Amazon has really just announced a new service called Amazon Prime Air, where sometime in the next few years select customers can get stuff delivered straight to their doorstep via drone.


You can't use it yet - Amazon is awaiting approval from the FAA - but they're expecting the green light for unmanned delivery sometime in 2015. Then when final testing and R&D is done after that (the footage you see here is from a test flight), they hope to be able to deliver stuff to people's homes "in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles".


Wow.



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I would laugh if someone kicks/hits a ball into the air and a drone just happens to be flying by. Other than that, cool.
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having drones deliver dragon dildos to your doorstep

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  1. Grab your gun.
  2. Shoot down a drone.
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  4. Enjoy your free gift...
Is someone piloting these drones or are they navigating via GPS and you have to hope the drone doesn´t drop your package into your pool, on your roof or just into the neighbor´s garden with the angry dog who goes postal on everything?
 
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"in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles".
I live in an apartment building, explain that to me.
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Is someone piloting these drones or are they navigating via GPS and you have to hope the drone doesn´t drop your package into your pool, on your roof or just into the neighbor´s garden with the angry dog who goes postal on everything?
It's very likely going to be controlled by humans. Camera on the drone, pay people to just deliver packages. Real life fetch quests.

Any who, this idea has a long way to go. Lots of factors to overcome to make this remotely feasible, nevermind being economically feasible.
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I think this should be all good after all, especially for those who are really tired of waiting for their gifts for long times.
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Aerial drones...eventually they'll deal with aerial traffic. XD
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I think this should be all good after all, especially for those who are really tired of waiting for their gifts for long times.
A truck can carry a large quantity of packages at once. A drone can only carry one.

Drones cost more than a truck so there will be fewer of them, and they're more susceptible to the weather. You run the risk of the package being damaged by an unexpected gust of wind blowing the drone down to the ground.

It's an interesting gimmick, but I don't see it being practical to use for everyday package transport. Maybe for VIP priority shipping, but I'd still not rely on it.
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Interesting concept but definitely needs improvement and practicality.
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A truck can carry a large quantity of packages at once. A drone can only carry one.

Drones cost more than a truck so there will be fewer of them, and they're more susceptible to the weather. You run the risk of the package being damaged by an unexpected gust of wind blowing the drone down to the ground.

It's an interesting gimmick, but I don't see it being practical to use for everyday package transport. Maybe for VIP priority shipping, but I'd still not rely on it.
this is probably just a stepping stone anyway, well I guess its good if you are just ordering one thing and not a load, either way each way of delivery ultimately has their pros and cons.
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If Amazon can pull one day and two day shipping from being VIP/super expensive/gimmicky, then they can pull off making drone delivery a thing.
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Figure it's probably something that will only be available if you live in the immediate surrounding area of a fulfillment center, and then also only if you select it.
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Figure it's probably something that will only be available if you live in the immediate surrounding area of a fulfillment center, and then also only if you select it.
LOL yeah imagine if you live half-way around the world and a drone will be sent to give you the package.
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