Drones have either a horrible reputation or an optimistic future. Either perspective you have, they’re an important robotic feature that is relevant to our everyday lives. And Amazon.com has decided to make drones a key part of their future plan for quick delivery.
The Amazon Prime Air octocopters are small drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles for the technical, that can carry up to five pounds of shipments, a weight that 86 percent of Amazon shipments meet. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plans to begin drone deliveries to Amazon Prime members by 2015. Prime Air would deliver the five-pound-and-under packages from the so-called Amazon “fulfillment centers” to doorsteps within a time frame 30 minutes. The packages will be processed at a storage center within 10 miles of the order’s destination.
The only major impediment to Prime Air’s unveiling is the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulation of drone flight.
The FAA is still managing laws related to drones, but once there is a domestic plan for unmanned aerial vehicles, you can expect Amazon Prime Air to be in use.
Drones are an increasingly relevant part of technological life. They’re piloted by the military, corporations, and hobbyists, with completely different objectives for each party. As a standard, though, they are a much cheaper way for people to complete specific objectives like shipping or surveillance and supervision. The burden is on the FAA, though, to create a sensitive set of regulations that permit and adequately control the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
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Photo Credit: Amazon.com, Inc.
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