I think it's absolutely brilliant. I've been in the RC heli hobby for awhile now and I even owned one for awhile. There stable and completely capable to do what amazon intends to do with them. This isn't new technology at all and is perfectly capable of handling for this sort of endeavor. I'm actually surprised it's taken this long for people to consider it. It's probably been viable for a number of years now.
They could even increase the range for lighter packages. Double up the li-po bats, add a couple thousand mahs and your good to go. You can get recreational quad copters that will fly for more then two hours so... there are definite improvements to be made on the 10mile radius.
My one concern is... computers do sometimes crash and experience hick-ups. It's unavoidable. I've been downed while flying RCs many times at no fault of my own. They'd need to put on some sort of housing for the props otherwise risk injuring someone... although admittedly when they crash it's nothing catastrophic... don't be expecting severed heads or big explosions.
And for anyone whose concern is the danger aspect... I've been hit by flailing RC copters before; more then once. I've never needed anything other the stitches and in any case... the more advanced quads come with safety features in case of failure to avoid completely destroying what can be an investment upwards of 10,000 in hobby grade alone; not commercial grade.
I have serious doubts if this will really happen. In order to get anywhere near the 30 minute delivery like they claim there would have to be thousands of these things flying around at a pretty fast speed. I just don't see that happening in the near future. I would be very surprised if the FAA and other agencies give approval for this any time in the near future.
Can't wait to see a YouTube video of a hawk attacking one of those things. :)
(AS SHEEP) We cannot stop technology but who would ever think that everyone would own a phone that does so much that making a phone call on it seems primitive.
When my parents grew up they didn't invent TV's yet.
I voted C for job loss.
The NSA, drones floating through the sky. A computer on your wrist will all seem like these are all great ideas . but with this tracking number on every human being. It is just moments away where we will buy and sell and be tracked through a barcode imbedded in us.
Life as we know it has come to fulfill the prophesy !
i think is cool because it makes it easier for consumers to get their product fast and secure.
now that bad thing I see is that is obviously gonna take away employment from those delivery guys, not just from amazon themselves but from the ups, fed ex, etc. not only will they lose their job and starve to death but its also gonna affect the economy big time. another thing is how will that work for people like me who live in apartment complexes? will that thing knock on my window? and is that thing weather proof? will it still manage to deliver your package through a big storm?
Lol at all the skepticism. I work at an amazon warehouse and we've already got technology that you wouldn't believe to be possible. This is going to happen. Maybe not immediately but definitely within the next decade. I think it's really cool. Pizza delivery places want to start delivering pizzas by drone too. Only thing I have against technology is that it's a job killer. Advanced robotics and capitalism don't mix well.
It sounds awesome! BUT, it would be ashame to cause so many job loses on our already unemployed country. I also think there would be a problem with people doing things such as shooting those drones down to collect whatever merchandise it contains.
Its Dumb and Stupid to be honest I can see it now Amazon drones shot down one by one from the military thinking its some type of terrorists attack then there's that feeling of the package getting lost, or stolen timezone's and lastly the weather.
million dollar question...can this drone ring the doorbell? :D
I think it is boh funny and cool. Funny because I can imagine hysterical faces on people who see it fly by. I would also imagine that people stealing the drones would be something else that should be a concern.
However, at the end of the day I want the no-tax when you buy on amazon.com back. I couldn't care less about same day shipping...
Sounds like amazon only caters to the top 1% with their ship to same day idea.
Oh my gosh it's so weird that you asked this. We were talking about this in my sociology class this morning. I think it's really cool but like anything else, it has pros and cons. The good thing is people would not have to wait nearly as long to get their packages. The thing is though, what else would this lead to? Drones all over the place would be kind of weird.
They would have to maneuver around telephone wires, trees, etc. Of course, I'm sure they would somehow give the drone that knowledge. It would probably cause some people to lose jobs. I don't really like the idea of robots doing everything. But like I said, it's also pretty cool. So, I guess I'm in between on how I feel about it. Lol
it's cool but completely unpractical. The horizontal air speed of those things can't be very fast at all, and the cost to produce enough drones(of different sizes to carry heavier loads) to meet the demand is simply not practical as well. not to mention fuel costs, organization of the routes and deliveries. Then you have crazy people like me who will for sure attempt to hit them out of the sky just because it would be fun, and you would get free stuff from it. All in all, cool idea, but I don't think they should do it.
I think its a dumb idea to be honest. Don't know (or care) why everyone's applauding it. What if its windy out? I highly doubt It'll be able to withstand 60+ mile an hour winds. There are many things that could go wrong that people are refusing to realize :P
I feel like it leaves too much room for error. What if it gets the address screwed up and you don't get your item? What if someone steals your item? What if someone steals the drone? With all these drones in the sky, how will that affect air traffic and national defense?
Its an interesting concept, and it will be interesting to see how this works out within the next decade or so.