Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

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Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by dimm » 03 Dec 2013, 20:11

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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by Beherith » 03 Dec 2013, 20:37

Its a PR stunt. A really good one at that.
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Post by SinbadEV » 03 Dec 2013, 21:09

Beherith wrote:Its a PR stunt. A really good one at that.
Clearly... but it's actually pretty viable...
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by gajop » 03 Dec 2013, 21:18

Would be great to remove humans from delivery all together, but they could also work to remove humans from the packaging process.
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by jK » 03 Dec 2013, 21:48

I already see ppl throwing stones, throwing nets & shooting with guns on them ...
Best crime ever, gifts for free and no witness.
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by gajop » 03 Dec 2013, 22:03

Maybe.. maybe, but if those drones have cameras + 3G comms you would get spotted.
Here I'm hoping people wouldn't get all medieval in cities just because they think they could get away with it.
And what if they start defending themselves?Image
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by Silentwings » 03 Dec 2013, 22:11

I wonder how they're going to deliver this little beauty with a drone

PS if you want a good laugh, read the top review of this :D
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by Beherith » 03 Dec 2013, 22:18

Yeah, I dunno how they are gonna ship my xmas gift. Read the reviews, everyone is raving!
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by FireStorm_ » 04 Dec 2013, 00:49

My prognosis: I think drones are the future.
I believe Amazon is behind, so to speak. Australia and China already know companies that transport packets and books I believe.

In the future...
...A farmer wants to quickly inspect his cattle and fields.
...An Architect wants to inspect the decay of a building she build years ago.
...A journalist wants to view a public demonstration colliding with the police from above.
...A sports fan wants to see his favourite team train in their stadium and sneaks a peak.
Oh wait, these things are in the past.

What's next? What's holding this revolution back?
Why can't you buy one to help you out in your daily life in a local shop?
I'd say Laws and legislation.
Although I think, development in scale and different applications versus the creation of legislation, will probably reinforce each other as time progresses.
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by SinbadEV » 04 Dec 2013, 01:18

topical humour:
http://pvponline.com/comic/2013/12/03/l ... e-shopping
LAST MINUTE SHOPPING
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Post by BaNa » 04 Dec 2013, 09:41

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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by Gnomre » 04 Dec 2013, 11:39

It aired/was announced on the Sunday before cyber Monday, which is our biggest sales day of the year... definitely a PR stunt, there's way too many hurdles to overcome, including the fact that we'd have to open a TON of new facilities to cover all the major cities adequately in a 30 minute window. I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon starts its own shipping business at some point though.

Full disclosure: I work for Amazon, but I know as much about this as you guys do. For what it's worth, the facility I work at will get the kiva robots next year.
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by albator » 09 Dec 2013, 18:58

This is complete BS, just free advertisment.

They are 15 years away minum and don't have the technologies yet to comply with FFA. IIRC only Canada made some move on that topic and there are very carefull.

Basically, you need to prove it is not going to fall and kill somone,e.g. when a pigeon is passing by. Since conventionnal radar system fails, you need some kind of better system, based on camera and topology recoknition for exemple, and to certify it. I will takes 10 years minimum and that is optimitic.

And I am not even talking of how to deal with the Dog in the garden...
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by SinbadEV » 09 Dec 2013, 20:04

Yeah... "5 years from being viable" in tech parlance means: "There are currently impossible to overcome issues that we hope some genius will figure out a way to bypass before we even start working on the technology in earnest"...

That said... I could imagine these things being deployed in other situations... small payloads that are more valuable "here now" than they are cost to fill a warehouse with (snake anti-venom, insulin, epipen, heart medicine etc...)
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by gajop » 09 Dec 2013, 20:12

I can imagine autonomous drones (flying or otherwise) be applicable in a wide variety of situations.. for good too:
Search & Rescue, Exploration, Wildlife Monitoring, Safety (watching humans doing injury-prone things like swimming, skiin), Com Napping, etc.
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by FireStorm_ » 09 Dec 2013, 20:27

Com Napping
I almost read over that :-)
Maybe that's the answer to potential interfering dogs. :-)
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by klapmongool » 09 Dec 2013, 20:55

Dogs aren't that much of a problem. Just need dog resistant package materials that can also handle a 2 meter drop.
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by dansan » 09 Dec 2013, 21:08

klapmongool wrote:Dogs aren't that much of a problem.
klapmongool wrote:Just need [..] a 2 meter drop.
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by albator » 10 Dec 2013, 00:05

klapmongool wrote:Dogs aren't that much of a problem. Just need dog resistant package materials that can also handle a 2 meter drop.
Well, lets just use rail gun : time delivery: less than 1 min at Mach 7 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36jbiUmYJ8Y) Even mad dogs wont be able to stop the package.
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Re: Amazon Prime Air: Drone deliveries

Post by REVENGE » 10 Dec 2013, 03:46

gajop wrote:Com Napping, etc.
Yeah, and then they opted to regulate.
Fuck BA!

It looks like nearly all of the major worldwide courier services have spent R&D time on this idea. UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. FAA rules expected by 2015.
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