Amazon Air Drone Delivery Service, Good or Bad idea…

Everyone is scared that one day robots will take over human jobs! well, I’m sorry to break the news to you but it’s here. Amazon is now testing their new Amazon Prime Air drone to deliver packages to people in the UK. this is going to replace a postman’s job and others like it. Before you know it, mailing anything could be all done by technology and no man power.

In the article,  “9 things you need to know about Amazon Prime Air drone delivery service”, it mentions that the customer would need a helipad in their garden. The problem with this is what if you don’t have a yard and you live in an apartment landing zonecomplex. Would this not apply to apartment/ condo owners? another reason why this wouldn’t work is, what if the person has a pet like a dog. the drone flying into their yard could potentially put their pets in danger and injury them unintentionally.

They also mention that deliveries would be tricky if the customer lives in a flat or tower block. This means anyone that lives in a city with telephone poles and other obstacles, it will be hard to fly the drone into their backyard. another issue that they forgot to address is if you live close or on a military base. In my opinion these drones would not be able to fly there due to restricted air space. This also leads me to believe that Washington DC would not be able to participate in this.

Amazon says that the drone will be able to detect pigeons and other birds but for some reason i don’t believe this at all. Most of the time birds fly in groups and i see a Lot of dronedrones coming into contact with these animals. This doesn’t leave out people that shoot them down for so called “prizes” since they are carrying packages.

One of their notable actions they said was that it’s going to be quick, very quick. That all depends on how far the drone has to fly and if it has enough battery to reach its destination. This also will vary on weather conditions. i can’t see any drone flying when its raining. that would not be practical.

Ultimately these so called “good aspects” of drone delivery have negative connotations and it seems that this article is trying to cover them up by giving you these outlandish ideas on how drone delivery is good.

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Truthful Tuesday: Watch Out For That Flying Amazon Package

“We must cut labor” – That’s the dreadful phrase we’ve all heard from our bosses at some point no matter where we’ve worked. In every business, the number one goal is to make money and the second goal is to save that money. What’s the best way to do that? To cut labor. Nowadays, more companies are turning to technology to replace workers in order to cut labor costs. Amazon has recently turned to drones. Sure, this seems quick, efficient, andLaborCost way less costly, but it can’t be that easy, can it? No, it can’t.

Daniel Johnson lists nine ways how Amazons drone delivery tactic could go wrong in his article, Amazon Drones: Nine Ways it Could go Horribly Wrong and we’ve got to  agree with him. Johnson lists several safety issues such as the possibility that a package could become loose from a drone and fall. Not only would it suck for the person who ordered the package, but it could fall on a pedestrian and cause serious injuries. Technology isn’t perfect and trusting a machine to fly large (or even small) packages above our heads doesn’t strike us as the greatest of ideas.

Johnson goes on to describe some possible security issues with industrial drone use such as hacking and theft. His point here is that if people can hack phones and computers, what’s to stop them from hacking drones carrying expensive packages? Not to mention, people are more likely to steal packages from a machine than from a person so if we eliminate the human deliverer, more packages are susceptible to theft. If a person is determined enough, they could break the drone and steal the package. So basically, Amazon would be saving money on labor costs, but probably spending twice that amount replacing stolen packages and their own drones. Seems a little ADronecounterproductive if you ask us.

Johnson’s simplest, yet most practical argument is the weather. It wouldn’t be sensible to seize deliveries every time thunderstorms arrive. Human deliverers can drive in rain, but it would be difficult for a drone to fly in rain or even protect a package from the weather. Humans are absolutely necessary for the safe delivery of packages. Drones can’t guarantee this type of safety so cheaper doesn’t always mean better. The industrial use of drones can seem quick and cheap but the negatives quickly outweigh the positives.