Skip to comments.Personalized Drone Delivery: the new Personal Computer?
Posted on 02/18/2014 11:02:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Miniaturization, robotics, and the hastening automation economy are coming together in interesting new ways. Personal drone delivery services could be a fast-arriving concept. Amazon announced PrimeAir in November 2013, to possibly be ready for launch in 2015 pending US FAA regulations of personal drone airspace.
In the ideal case, the service would deliver ordered items within 30-60 minutes. Similarly, Dubai and the UAE announced a personalized drone delivery service including eye-scanning verification for government documents. Personalized or at least targeted micro-delivery via drones is not a new idea.
One obvious use is delivering aid, medicine, and other supplies to remote, war-torn, economically-strapped, crisis-based, or other remote or sensitive geographic areas (Singularity University example: Matternet). As is the case with many newtech ideas, a modern version of personal remote delivery was conceptualized in Vernor Vinges Rainbows End (2006).
The potential cost savings, convenience, and efficiency gains make a strong argument in favor of personalized drone delivery. Immediately many human-based delivery and courier services could be put out of business. Supply chains could be reinvented to support services that still need both a human and drone aspect (such as court filings and within office building deliveries), although amphibious drones could be just around the corner: robotic-on-land and flying-in-air for urban office and apartment building deliveries. Hiro Protagonist is out of a job not due to landing in a swimming pool but due to personalized drone pizza delivery services!
Longer-term implications could include a redesign of how space is used. Personal drone delivery services could become like the pneumatic tubes or dumbwaiters of the past, including the secure vestibule area already envisioned for delivery at home and office entry areas. Downtown traffic and congestion could be significantly reduced.
An obvious challenge is quality of life degradation due to noise and the visual detritus of drones. Are human civilizations relegated to becoming the hive substrate for the incessant and pervasive buzzing of personal drones circling as they conduct their business? Hopefully the 'Prius drone' (e.g.; quiet) and pleasing visual design will be part of the modernization. Personal drone delivery could be an important intermediary step on the way to the 3D home printing of all desired objects.
Until it is automated and reliable, drone delivery is a very expensive way to transport goods, because you have to have a person for every drone.
No, it’ll be automated via AI and GPS, as Amazon plans. They’re not going to the expense of operators to deliver a cookbook to your doorstep.
They’re still talking this up with the FAA in the way?
An enterprise as large and wealthy as Amazon can usually find a way to shape a government agency to their will.
Personal drone delivery services could be a fast-arriving concept.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Delivering 1 lb of plastique and convincing people not to use them for skeet practice, are not obstacles?
“Hiro Protagonist is out of a job not due to landing in a swimming pool but due to personalized drone pizza delivery services!”
Trying to outgeek Show Crash is rarely a winning proposition
How would a drone navigate around the hundreds of branches on my front yard tree? And imagine if a big dog is in the yard.
“Delivering 1 lb of plastique and convincing people not to use them for skeet practice, are not obstacles?”
Not to mention the destructive potential purely kinetic effects...(see tag line).
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