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Posted on 09/15/2013 2:51:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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It seems cool, but just imagine living in a world where these things are flying around all over the place, running errands -- delivering pizzas and dry cleaning and providing services for thousands, hundreds of thousands or millions of private citizens.
Just the collision risk is enough to make me shiver, to say nothing of the criminal use potential.
I wonder what liability insurance will cost for a retailer delivering food or other merchandise around town. Imagine walking down the street and getting hit in the head with a private drone that's off course.
Say, some wanted terrorist decides to order camel fingers from his local Halal McDonald's. So as the McDonald's delivery drone comes landing in to deliver this terrorist guy's hot and tasty camel fingers, he's waiting out in the open not realizing there's a 200 lb explosive ready to be dropped down on his turban.
Beer has already been delivered by drone at the Oppekoppe (spelling?) music festival in South Africa.
Well, kind of like automobiles, except flying through the air, without the physical limits of roadways, and without the immediate physical presence of someone to control and be responsible for the vehicle.
I’m not tipping a drone.
Collision avoidance will be a primary part of the programming of these early drones.
I'm trying to imagine going for a walk in my neighborhood with hundreds -- thousands? -- of these flying overhead in all different directions at any given time, many of them carrying objects, others taking video or capturing other information.
Gives new meaning to the phrase: "Nice day for a walk."
Sorry, I just can't see it working.
Surely the gangs will have the hit potential for these things figured out soon. Those little quad rotors are cheap and versatile. Mounting a .22 mag one shot barrel one should be pretty easy.
Frankly, the situation sounds ripe for birdshot. #9.
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