By Matthew Bodnark
Imagine, one day you decide that you want to purchase something from Amazon. You go on the internet, find your item and purchase it. Only just a half hour later your item is on your front porch waiting to be opened. This is what Amazon has in mind for the future. On Sunday, December 1, 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stated that his company is working on ways to deliver small packages via aerial drones.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos expects drones to be delivering packages by 2015. These drones will carry packages that weigh under five pounds. Items of this weight take up about 86 percent of Amazon’s inventory. Which means that this idea could work in favor of most Amazon shoppers. Jeff Bezos had visions of hundreds of drones zooming over the streets, landing on doorsteps and leaving the packages before flying away. Although this seems like a good idea, when it is appraised and sided with facts there are other things to consider.
One of these is that birds also share the sky. Especially during the nesting season, birds are very protective of their nests. They will attack anything that looks like a threat to their babies. Birds aren’t able to tell between a large threatening bird or a large harmless octocopter. Another concern to take in consideration is the weather and how well the drones will fly in harsh conditions. Also, what would happen if too many people order items and the all of the drones start crashing into each other and fall from the sky?
Amazon is not alone in the idea of carry drones. Other companies such as UPS and even Google are busy working on drones of their own.
Amazon has created much discussion and argument about whether the idea of having delivery drones is a good one or not. Given all of the contrasting factors, it is difficult to decide whether the delivery drones are going to be efficient and time saving, or a waste of money and time. Nonetheless Amazon has caught our attention and proved itself to be a forward-thinking service provider. Is it good or bad with flying mail?