Published: Monday, Dec. 2 2013 3:55 p.m. MST
Robots to eliminate jobs in another industry.
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
Attention all thieves, get some binoculars and follow that drone!
Thieves, nothing! Amazon, meet second amendment. Filling the sky with free stuff
and targets is not a good idea.
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.
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^)
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