Autonomous: This means that the drones run without the assistance of humans controlling them.
Innovation: This means that people take previous models of drones and make them better by adding new technologies.
Logistic: This means adding new technology to be more precise as to where the drones fly and drop off packages.
Prototype: This means building a drone that is built for testing. This drone is not mass produced it is only used to test and find any design flaws.
Consumers: A person who purchases a good or service and drones deliver the package to them. A consumer buys a product then the drone delivers the product to them.
Ariel: This means the drone is flying and is not touching the ground.
What companies are leading the drone delivery movement?
The biggest drone delivery company is called Flirty. Flirty raises money to build different types of drones. This is shown when Lora Kolodny states that “Flirty has raised $16 million in Series A funding to bring its high-flying service to new customers.” This shows how Flirty is pushing to build more drones and why they are leading the pack. Without flirty and the money they are raising there would be a lot less drones around the world. Another reason that flirty is leading the pack in drone delivery is because they work with individual companies to find new uses for drones. This is shown when corporate 7-eleven states that “7‑Eleven, the world’s largest convenience retailer, and Flirty, a leading independent drone delivery service, announced they have completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence.” This means that Flirty is leading the pack because they are delivering packages to houses. They are working with companies to create partnerships to deliver packages. This is why flirty is the leading the pack in drone delivery but there are many limiting factors that are slowing the spread of drone delivery in the United states.
What is limiting the drone delivery movement?
There are a lot of factors that are slowing the use of drones in the US. This is shown when Richard Andrew Williams, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University states that “Legal cases in the US is reportedly drone claims over issues including safety, noise, damage, personal intrusion and privacy.” This means that drones are causing legal issues and if drones are ever to deliver packages on a regular basis these legal cases must be solved. These are some of the issues with drone delivery. Another reason that drone delivery will struggle is limited funding. This can be seen when Lora Kolodny a writer for tech crunch explains that “innovation doesn’t come cheap. Without an abundance of venture capital, drone delivery companies like Flirty probably wouldn’t even be able to get off the ground.” This shows how much it will cost to start this system. One company couldn't possibly pay for it all. Even if companies can afford these drones or find a way to fix the noise and legal issues, they still need to impress the consumers.
Do people trust drones to deliver their packages?
In the United states almost half of the population would not trust a drone to deliver packages. This is shown in the infographic by statista, 39% of Americans would not trust any company or government ran program to deliver a package. This means that there is a trust issue behind drone delivery. People would rather have a truck delivery there package rather than allowing a drone to drop it off. Another reason that the US public does not trust drones to deliver packages is because people believe this drones could be used to stalk people. People believe that these drones could be used to watch people and this is a security issue. This is shown by Richard Andrew Williams, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University, when he states, “In the US, there have been fears about camera-equipped drones stalking celebrities for paparazzi.” People do not trust drones to deliver packages because they believe it is a privacy issue. If a drone can deliver a package it can carry a camera, therefore causing a privacy issue. If companies could find a way to reassure people that drones were safe and worth having deliver their packages, what could these drones really do in the near future.
What could drones be used for on a regular basis?
Drones could be used for lots of things in the near future. This could stretch from common transportation to fishing and underwater activity. This can be seen by Kayla Matthews when she states that “ They are making an impact in industries like construction, retail, agriculture, emergency response, surveys and road inspections and much more — but that’s only scratching the surface.” This shows the possibilities of drones and how they can make life easier. If people can trust drones than they could make life a lot easier. Another thing that drones will do in the future is work directly with companies to deliver their products. This means they will work with these companies to make delivery more efficient for customers. This is shown when Canada Newswire states that “DDC will work directly with NAPA to design, prototype and test a drone delivery solution to expand NAPA's logistics capabilities.” This means that drone delivery Canada is trying to build drones for NAPA using its technology to match with the type of drone NAPA needs to deliver its products. This is what could possibly happen in Canada in the near future, but what could this do to the human race?
This is a camera from a drone delivering a package without human assistance. This shows what drones can do today and the possibilities of seeing this on an every day basis.
What effect will drones have on the human race?
Drones will make the human ace very lazy. If people do not have to leave their own home to buy products, people will become very lazy. This is shown when Lora Kolodny argues that “Flirty efforts to-date hint at what our future might look like when stores become so convenient we don’t even have to go to them.” This means that people can stay in their own homes to buy what they want when they want. People will never want to leave their own home creating for a very lazy future. Drones will allow the human race to develop to a whole new level. This could allow the human race to help people in need, map new parts of the world unseen by humans or just use them for a new dimension of fun. This can be seen by Kayla Matthews when she states that “Consumers also began using them for a variety of tasks like photography, recreation and more” Drones could be used for lots of different tasks even if they are privately ran for fun by consumers. If people use these drones on a regular basis the world will be a much easier place buy it could very well change the human race.
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