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Amazon's latest idea may make online shopping even easier

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  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    Robots to eliminate jobs in another industry.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    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 Manhattan.

  • Hey It's Me Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    Attention all thieves, get some binoculars and follow that drone!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 11:30 p.m.

    Thieves, nothing! Amazon, meet second amendment. Filling the sky with free stuff and targets is not a good idea.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    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.

  • InspectorC Wasatch Front, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 8:36 p.m.

    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^)