Drones, or unmanned aircraft, have been used to survey battlefields, track targets, engage targets, and patrol American borders. That’s all pretty militaristic in nature. Soon after, however, personal drones became available and people have been using them for aerial photography, recreation, and science. Well, now corporations want to get in on the drone gig and it seems the green light has been given.
Amazon wants to use drones to deliver you packages faster. If you live within a certain distance from a distribution center, Amazon wants to load your package onto a drone and fly it over to your house, getting your package there independently of the mail system limitations. The green light has been given for testing, both in America and Europe. Europe will probably go first, as they have less restrictive laws governing the use of unmanned aircraft, but don’t be surprised if you see a drone dropping a package at your neighbor’s house in the near future.
Google would also like to get into the drone game. Their uses would include mapping – which would be more up-to-date than satellites, provide better resolution, and be customizable to those willing to pay for extras – and Google also wants to compete with Amazon in the drone delivery market. Domino’s Pizza even wants in on the action, delivering pizzas to houses via drone. It seems that pizza does quite well being delivered by low flying aircraft, and the rate of delivery can be increased for a hotter pizza to your door sooner.
No matter what goods we are talking about, it looks like drones are here to stay in the civilian world and we will just have to get used to seeing them flitting about our skies as they deliver goods ranging from wants to needs as fast as fast can be. There are sure to be restrictions, both legal and logistical, at the beginning, but that may be short lived as technologies and demand increase.
All of the above mentioned companies began testing last year or sooner and have made test deliveries in some capacity that have shown significant potential for full scale operations to begin as soon as laws allow. We will see how the main body of citizens takes to having drones deliver goods and survey their lands by corporations but, at this point, it seems like this concept is here stay. In the meantime, while everyone complains about the lack of jobs and poor wages in the jobs that are available, more and more jobs are being lost to machines. Delivery drivers are now at risk of being added to the list of jobs lost or reduced for the advancement of machines and robots. Soon, airlines may even be ferrying passengers without the use of a living pilot in the cockpit.
No matter the future of drone deliveries, we can be sure that drones flying in the skies of America will become more and more common as time goes on, and may even become a normal portion of our daily lives. This sounds exciting, annoying and dangerous to me. Let’s see what time reveals.
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