In partnership with the United States Postal Service, we’ve begun for the first time to offer Sunday delivery to select cities. Sunday delivery is a win for Amazon customers, and we plan to roll it out to a large portion of the U.S. population throughout 2014. We’ve created our own fast, last-mile delivery networks in the UK where commercial carriers couldn’t support our peak volumes. In India and China, where delivery infrastructure isn’t yet mature, you can see Amazon bike couriers delivering packages throughout the major cities. And there is more invention to come. The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles, and we are in the design phase on generations 7 and 8.
Amazon is serious about drone delivery
— By Kirsten Korosec on April 11, 2014, 8:02 AM PST
In high density municipal and older neighborhoods - did the Amazon geniuses ever notice the spider web of power, telephone and cable TV lines criss-crossing them? Then add the trees - like the ones that nearly form a complete canopy cover over my neighborhood. Then there is inclement weather - like most winter months where conditions are beyond the flight abilities of drones and temperatures are below battery capabilities. Of course you also have to ask "Where will the packages be left - in your back yard, front yard, the street, or on your roof and will you have to sign for them?" Then there are the drone hackers, and or signal jammers who will way-lay deliveries to easily steal both the payload and the drone. Of course there are also the malicious - who might use a simple pellet gun to simply shoot the hovering and nearly stationary drone as it makes its delivery.
The areas where drones might
make a non-problematic/safe delivery have to be extremely limited.
Either this constant "Drone Buzz" is just a pure PR distraction strategy
to bait competition into technologically dead-ends, or Bezos' success
has a lot more to do with luck - than intelligence. Surprisingly, I'm
guessing it's lack of native intelligence, because the technical
problems as discussed don't lie with the drones themselves or their
technical evolution and or number of generations thereof - its with
problems outside the drone technology and which the technology can't
address and therefore can't resolve. You can sum up drone delivery as a widespread delivery solution with one word. That would be "Absurd."
Oh god, not drones again....
Until the issues of cost, airspace security, provision and certification of pilots, poor range of drones (compounded by the large distance between warehouses) esp. when loaded with delivery items are addresses and ultimately how you end deliver to customers who may live in homes or at businesses where a drone delivery is impractical or just plain dangerous, or who may just be out - drones will remain free publicity to the companies and news/blog sites stirring this technological fantasy. Amazon Prime Air Subscription, what $1,000 year ?
... they will also be legislated to death, with recent stories of them being used for drug smuggling, and dropping on people heads, over and above the potential for someone to use them for terrorist means. We already has a story of an Armed Drone with a gun on it last week.
It's just marketing puff/free advertising, the last tranche was on the run up to XMAS.