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Hospice_Houngbo
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it depends
Hospice_Houngbo   12/18/2013 10:25:15 PM
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Will it cost less to deliver packages with drones? If that is the case, I think it will be more a logistics helper than a pipe dream.

Jacob
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Amazon drone
Jacob   12/18/2013 11:11:02 PM
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"Enter the drone. According to the hype, pizzas and exercise bikes will be arriving from the depot on a high-tech magic carpet. We've had successful demos of how this is done, but is it real? Amazon surely thinks so. Watch this promotional video from its recently announced drone delivery plan:"

Jim, idea is good but has to clear lots of hurdle like air traffic clearance, proper coordination with GPS for correct delivery and finally it may be expensive too. the big challenge is each customer has to identify and provide their location coordinates, while placing the order.

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Re: it depends
Jacob   12/18/2013 11:13:03 PM
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"Will it cost less to deliver packages with drones? If that is the case, I think it will be more a logistics helper than a pipe dream."

HH, no chances. It may be costlier because of vehicle cost, frequent sinking with GPS, air access permission from air traffic controller etc.

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Self Navigating Drones
prabhakar_deosthali   12/19/2013 8:31:37 AM
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In my opinion, if the drones are made self navigating, which means, given a destination address , they are able to navigate through the current drone traffic in air and reach the destination without any help from a remote pilot or air traffic controller , then they become a viable alternative to the delivery by road.

 

With the aid of mobile technology and smart phones , it may also be possible for the drones to track their destination if it is moving, say to deliver a  pizza to somebody taking a leisure walk in the garden or in the house backyard.

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Re: Self Navigating Drones
Jim O'Reilly   12/19/2013 12:17:17 PM
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@Prabhakar, GPS accuracy is at best 50ft and worse in cities.

Further, if the drone idea became common, all those drones buzzing around would have to avoid each other, and that isn't going to happen with current technology.

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HaileyMcK   12/19/2013 7:23:51 PM
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if we could make it work, it would be an intersting thing for hiring. We have a bunch of Gen Y folks who have spent thier lives playing video games...and are probably well suited to the job of drone pilot!

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Re: Self Navigating Drones
Jim O'Reilly   12/19/2013 7:48:36 PM
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Hailey, That's scary! Most of the Gen Y played action games with lots of gore. We'd better get the body armor out! Flying pizza bombs????

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Re: Self Navigating Drones
Jim O'Reilly   12/19/2013 7:50:13 PM
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Joking apart...Didn't the US Army do just that. I understand it worked well, with 25 percent of the crashes seen with Air Force pilots! I think the Army mandates computer controlled landings!

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Re: Self Navigating Drones
nimantha.d   12/20/2013 5:41:19 AM
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True and still the action figures are so popular among many regardless of the age group.            

Pavelar
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Not likely but it's nice to future
Pavelar   12/20/2013 10:33:15 AM
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I agree with a lot of the comments already described, what I think we are missing is that it's nice to see companies think forward, it always seems we see innovation from defense spending or sadly the movies aka Star Trek etc. it's great to see that companies are thinking, certainly there is a bit of self promotion here, I have no doubt of the value of the free publicity that Amazon got with this , the first thing you will think when you think about Amazon is innovative ideas. Bringing us back to reality is that these drones are not practical even if all the problems mentioned are solved, loss prevention will make sure of that, and sure theft will be a big part of it but how many lost drones can a company risk? There is plenty of information on how to hack a drone and I have no doubt that this will be a reality with anything that is developed, would be simple for a hacker to redirect a drone to a parking lot, less sophisticated then that is as my son told me, dad you can hit it with a rock as it flys by. In the future we will be seeing people in alleys whispering, hey I have a deal for you that "fell off a drone" What I do see happening though is the drones being used for hub to hub deliveries, imagine drones back and forth to fedex, ups facilities making hourly drop offs,. I love the discussion and ideas that spawn from concepts like this.

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