On Doug Wright's KSL show this morning, a drone expert explained that
--using today's best available technology (batteries, motors, blades,
etc.)-- even the BEST drones that can pull-off this type of a payload delivery
mission only have a range of about THREE MILES radius!!So, what
percentage of Americans live within 3 miles of a full blown Amazon warehouse??
Probably 0.000001% of our population? Amazon would have to build a HUGE
warehouse every 5 miles on a grid covering the entire country for this system to
work!Also, these drones could only deliver small and/or lightweight
items. Nothing large, bulky or heavy. So there again, this technology could
only be used for probably 3-5% of Amazon's overall product shipments.So.... while I AM excited to see companies pushing the envelope and
being creative, this concept is still probably 20-30 years out, before it's
economically feasible or even physically possible to accomplish.Sorry to rain on Amazon's parade! 8^)
Cowboy Dude,Someone has to design, build, maintain, and monitor the
robots. I don't remember reading about the economy tanking when electric
lightbulbs made the candlemaking industry obsolete.
Thieves, nothing! Amazon, meet second amendment. Filling the sky with free stuff
and targets is not a good idea.
Attention all thieves, get some binoculars and follow that drone!
This won't work but in certain suburban areas devoid of trees, power-lines,
and other obstacles. Imagine these things trying to deliver packages in downtown
Robots to eliminate jobs in another industry.