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Has the Drone Brought My Package Yet? | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Has the Drone Brought My Package Yet?

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.

Drone SideGoogle 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.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Seth Belt

Seth grew up in Southern Arizona before joining the U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, Seth was an anti-narcotics operator and an anti-submarine operator for 5 years. He was lucky enough to travel to many of the Central and South American countries, as well as visiting many South East Asian nations and islands. One of Seth’s greatest joys from his time in the Navy was teaching new Sailors firearms education and safety. After leaving the Navy in 2010, Seth returned to Arizona and had a rough time learning how to be a civilian again, often working jobs that could barely pay the bills. After going to school, Seth became an Emergency Medical Technician in the Phoenix Valley, where he now lives with his wife and son.His areas of knowledge cover military, firearms, and emergency medicine.
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5 thoughts on “Has the Drone Brought My Package Yet?

  1. What if it’s pouring rain and the package’s contents get ruined?

    What if there are idiots out there with nothing to do but shoot drones out of the sky and steal packages?

    What if the controls are hacked (yes – they can be) and the packages are stolen?

    Is it really about saving gas, or is it really about eliminating driver jobs?

    Is it more cost effective to have a drone deliver ONE package as opposed to a truck delivering twenty?

    1. Aye, what if..?! What if, a year or 5 years from now, the cost of operating 100 drones becomes a fraction of the cost of operating a single truck delivering those 20 packages? What if we consider the fact, that a truck takes entire day to go along it’s route of 20 stops, while 20 drones each have only one stop on an “as-the-crow-flies” route, so every package is delivered without delay? What if we remember that plastics are water-resistant? What if crucial medical supplies are delivered in minutes to a hospital, while the delivery truck is stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic? I am not even going to address the “shooting idiots” point – that sounds suspiciously akin to an anti-gun argument..
      You do raise valid questions, Mike. But rather than listing all the things that can go wrong – shouldn’t we list what we can do to make sure they do not..?

      1. Yep. All valid points by you as well.

        Nope, not “anti-gun” personal all. I dream of owning an AR one day. All I have now is a bow to hunt with – but it is nice and quiet.

        The drone thing – while probably extremely cost efficient, as well as faster than a speeding delivery truck – I just don’t really like the idea of robotic drones filling the skies rather than birds – the natural chirp, cheep and squawk replaced by incessant hum and buzz. Not to mention that if an eight-ounce bird dies in the air and falls on your head, the chances of injury are minor compared to a ten-pound chunk of metal and plastic. And then there’s the conspiracy paranoia (for people who are prone to such) of things with cameras hovering in front of your windows. Yeah, don’t even try to say that won’t happen, and not necessarily by the govt or LE agencies.

        All paranoia aside, while I will admit that drones do have their benefits, I personally am not ready for this giant leap in technology. There are times I don’t’ even want my cell phone or computer. But, the sci-fi of the distant past is the reality of the present, eh? Fifty years from now the drones will have been replaced by something far more efficient like teleportation or some such – hello Seth Brundle. And I will still be shooting my bow and cooking over an open fire on cast iron skillet – and probably drawing pictures on cave walls. Ah, who am I kidding – I won’t even be around to complain about it by then. But my kids will. 😎

  2. Technology evolves faster with each generation – the smarter our machines become, the shorter their generation is, before they are replaced by a new and improved version. Drones are just another evolutionary step in this process. Life has a history of following fiction – anyone who’s read Jules Verne knows that for a fact. And we will see unmanned flight, and flying personal vehicles, and everything, or almost everything, that we read and see in SciFi world now, only a matter of time.
    As far as jobs are concerned – I would not worry about that. After all – the drone fleet will create jobs, as well – programmers, mechanics, support personnel, etc. Those people that want to work and be useful to society will find their place. Those that prefer to complain about lack of jobs instead of re-orienting their skills in the new realities were useless to begin with, and are simply not worth considering. This may sound harsh, but it is a fact of life – vast majority of the human race exist as consumers, with only a minor segment of population who actually provide, invent, and otherwise pull that mostly useless crowd into the future piggy-back. The less “drones” of this latter kind we have – the better, in my book.
    So yeah, bring those delivery drones on, I say! And don’t stop there..!

  3. Innovation? Creativity? NEW THINGS?? AHHH!!!! TOO SCARY!!!
    I want to stay in 2014 forever!!!

    On the serious side, this is great, let’s do it! Will problems occur? Of course; but as long as government stays the heck out of it (ha, yeah right), solutions will come along too (faster and better than if government meddles).

    Once upon a time, boys and girls, space flight was new, exciting and dangerous; even horrible accidents happened, costing lives. Thankfully, we didn’t squash the idea of space-exploration b/c of “what if’s”, among other fears.

    Today, there are private companies taking people into space. What?! Private companies!?!? Yes, and they’re doing it better, safer and cheaper than government…go figure.

    As for jobs being replaced…well…maybe they should be replaced. If jobs were never replaced by something BETTER, then we’d never progress and advance.

    Instead of typing this comment on a PC and using the internet, I’d have to use a telegraph instead. But wait, the telegraph replaced a lot of jobs too. Couriers and homing pigeons had to find another line of work.

    Don’t forget about the horse and buggy industry thanks to those evil automotive inventors. Don’t get me started on how many lives are lost thanks to car accidents! Bah! Bring back the horse & buggy I say! Ban the internet and buy a pigeon! No more AR’s or AK’s, we want flintlocks!

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