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  •  And you really think Amazon is going to lose (6+ / 0-)

    their fight with the FAA over allowing drones to deliver packages? Even if it's nothing more than a PR stunt Amazon isn't the only corporation pushing for drones. Media outlets are demanding it as well. And anyone here could go an buy one and use it under the "hobbyist" exemption. We're living in the Drone Age and we better get used to it and figure out how to deal with it. Sooner rather than later.

    There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 10:45:39 AM PST

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    •  I was just pointing out the current situation (0+ / 0-)

      In any event, if Amazon and Pizza Hut start delivering their products by drone, I have no problem with that.

      My neighbors, whose dog might end up being collateral damage for a slightly off target delivery might.  But really, like the Bible says, "am I my neighbor's keeper?'  So why should I worry about stuff like that.

    •  Amazon won't be delivering via drone (6+ / 0-)

      It makes no logistical sense.

      They simply can't deliver over any reasonable distance, which means decentralizing their warehouse and delivery system, with all the attendant costs of widespread infrastructure. It's not going to happen.

      In addition, drones can't deliver in even nominally bad weather; lose a good percentage of their distance capacity as the batteries get too cold or too warm, depending on the air temp; can't be protected from neighborhood kids w/slingshots or nets; and need a human constantly watching a video feed to ensure the package gets to the right place - and certainly can't deliver to mutli-unit buildings, where the delivery person has to put the item inside a weather-safe shelter.

      Drones may make sense as a novelty method for delivering tacos to people at a sports event, but they simply make no sense at all for delivering large or heavy (like books) items to any location at any distance more than a few hundred feet from the warehouse.

      Military drones can travel distances because (a) they're much larger and can use highly flammable fuel, (b) they don't have to come back when they're done, and (c) they don't have to be precise about where they come down. (Of course, there are lots of ethical questions about whether or not they should be precise, but that appears not to be a current design requirement.)

      •  It makes no logistical sense. (1+ / 0-)
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        For the wealthy, AKA the .01% commuting from gated compound to office and from there to the various clubs makes not economic sense either.

        They do it in Sao Paulo, BR. Their time is too precious to spend in traffic jams, and the thought of either helping to improve the urban environment and living in a less grandiose manner, so as not to tempt kidnappers? Heaven forbid.

        So yes Amazon will heli deliver, and if the price is prestigious enough Pizza Hut will be de rigeur for the elite and the wannabes. Look at all the classy cars that are in fact leased, because it makes sense? With that logic how did they ever make their billions. If leased cars had special tags, sort of livery or something MB and Beemer would be in trouble.

        •  The wealthy are preening their peacock feathers (0+ / 0-)

          That's not going to solve problems like: delivering a book more than a few hundred feet would require a HUGE battery, in a HUGE drone. Are they going to build warehouses at the end of every driveway? 'Cuz that's the only way that style of delivery could work.

          Since the warehouses would have to be that close, they're bringing the stuff to the community by truck, anyway, so why the hell wouldn't they just drop off the items at the doors of the homes, and skip building the warehouse.

          Nor will it account for things like: A drone can't fly in the rain. A drone can't fly in the snow. A drone can't fly in high and/or gusty winds. That eliminates 30 to 70% of the possible drone delivery days, depending on location.

          And we won't even get into sabotage and theft problems (if you think rich kids don't steal, you've never lived around rich kids) ...

          There is no amount of money that makes delivery by drone make sense.

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