What happened to Amazon’s drone delivery service?
The New York Times shows a massive Amazon drone hovering over a crosswalk in suburban Texas. (Alternate URL here.) The drone releases a large brown beam that falls to the ground.
But 10 years after Amazon unveiled its drone program, drone delivery has become just a “kind of” reality. times Argue – in one city in Texas. “The project as it currently exists is so frustrating that Amazon can only keep drones in the air by giving things away.”
Years of toil by leading scientists and aviation specialists have resulted in a program that offers Listerine Cool Mint Breath Strips or a box of Campbell’s Chunky with Italian sausage—but not both at once—to customers as gifts….
Only one item can be delivered at a time. It cannot weigh more than five pounds. It can’t be too big. It can’t be something breakable, because the drone drops it from a height of 12 feet. Drones cannot fly when it is too hot, too windy, or too rainy. You have to be home to set a landing target and to make sure the porch pirate doesn’t steal your item or it doesn’t roll into the street… but your car can’t be in the driveway. Allowing the drone to land in the backyard would avoid some of these problems, but not where there are trees. Amazon also warned customers that drone delivery is not available during periods of high demand for drone delivery…
The most complex problem was getting the technology to the point where it was safe not just most of the time, but all of the time. The first drone to land on someone’s head, or take off holding a cat, sets the show back another decade, especially if it was filmed.
Drones have also encountered real-world problems such as heat waves in Texas. During one heat wave, the drones were grounded. When they flew again, “the 54-year-old civil engineering professor at Texas A&M University ordered medication in the mail. By the time he got the package back, the medication had dissolved.” Says one Amazon customer times That Amazon’s drones “seem more like a toy than anything else — a toy that wastes an enormous amount of paper and cardboard.”
Amazon claims that over the past 10 months, its drones have delivered “hundreds” of items in Texas. Furthermore, Amazon recently announced that its drone deliveries will expand over the next 14 months times Refers to Britain, Italy and a new location in the United States. “However, even on the threshold of growth, a question remains. Now that drones finally exist in at least a limited capacity, why did we think we needed them in the first place?”