Everything About Amazon Prime Air : Delivery By Drones

Amazon Prime Air is a new package delivery system that is focused on delivering packages to customers with in no time. According to amazon maximum time taken to delivery the package is only 30 minutes. The packages are placed in small boxes and the unmanned aerial vehicles/Drones will deliver them at your door step.

Amazon Prime Air's unmanned aerial vehicle with package box

Amazon Prime Air’s unmanned aerial vehicle with package box

This Is How Amazon Prime Air Works:

Step 1 : A new gadget (may be new iPhone) arrived in the Amazon Store.

Step 2 : John (a hardcore iPhone lover) is waiting so long for it , he needs it immediately.

Step 3 : Now john goes to Amazon Store places order for the new iPhone and chooses Amazon Prime Air as delivery system.

Step 4 : Amazon staff immediately packs the iPhone, puts it in the delivery box.

Step 5 : The delivery box is then attached to the unmanned aerial vehicles/Drones that delivers the new iPhone to John’s address with in no time.

Here is the video footage from actual test flight.


This is really amazing technology that will soon be available to many developed countries.

Facts About Amazon Prime Air

1. Amazon Prime Air will be available by 2015, but for selected developed countries only.

2. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will set the flight rules for unmanned aerial vehicles.

3. The FAA also takes care of public safety.

4. Vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards.

5. It is estimated that 30% of people will immediately start using Amazon Prime Air when it is available.

Negative Side Of Amazon Prime Air

Safety Of Individuals

Imagine walking down the street or driving your car and a drone whizzes by, or worse crashes right into you. Sounds like some wild Alfred Hitchcock movie with giant mechanical flies swarming our cities. Safety is one of the main reasons why the FAA currently requires all aircrafts to fly at a certain altitude and depart and land only in designated areas. Routes are carefully mapped and every aircraft is manned and monitored by numerous people. Drones, as Bezos has envisioned them, are programmed and self-guided and comprise new territory for the FAA.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Drone Flying

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Drone Flying

Terrorism

For every good use of drones, there are countless ways that the technology could be hijacked and used to inflict harm. If people had access to personal drones, they could potentially send hazardous materials in packages to individuals and businesses. But couldn’t they do that now? Certainly. Every once in a while we hear a story of someone sending this kind of package through the U.S. Postal Service or UPS though these packages carry a return address, tracking information, and other safety guards that deter crime and help authorities chase down culprits. With drones, individuals could theoretically bypass these checks.

Theft

Imagine this headline: “Amazon Prime Air drones under siege.” This could be a reality. Drones could be hacked out of the sky, unless of course Amazon finds a way to equip them with their own safety devices or to shut them down remotely should they veer off their intended path. Drone hijacking is a real concern, as is the theft of the packages they carry.

Weather

With the weather growing ever more complicated, unpredictable, and severe, there is the question of how this technology would handle heavy rain, sleet, snow, and high winds. These conditions ground flights on a regular basis, causing delays and congestion at the nation’s airports. They could also ground drones, and if so, we would need contingency plans to manage the deliveries and back-up of packages.

Reliability of Amazon Prime Air

We know technology isn’t perfect. Our mobile devices get overloaded, confused, and shut down unexpectedly from time to time. There must be significant testing done on what the drone would do if it breaks down in the midst of its mission, and what would happen to the packages in tow.

International shipping and customs

Right now even Amazon is skirting this issue. The financial and safety concerns boggle the mind. How would we handle tariffs, banned substances, sanctions, international safety concerns, and potential acts of terrorism?

The current commercial technology makes this discussion a moot point. The first generation of drones of Amazon Prime Air can only fly about 10 miles. Certainly the military’s drones can travel great distances and many of our current consumer technologies started as military technologies. Computers were almost exclusively pioneered through military funding in the early decades of their development. Now we have a generation of digital natives who have never known a world without personal computers. Drone technology could follow the same trajectory and we must be prepared to manage these concerns as the technology advances.

The challenges and concerns about commercial and individual use of drones will face intense debate in the coming months and years. Bezos has publicly thrown down the gauntlet to regulators, the business world, and to society. “This will happen,” he says emphatically.

There is a great deal of innovation, testing, and experimentation that must be done before even a small trial takes root. Though if history is any indication, new technological breakthroughs are always first met with intense skepticism. Consider the personal computer, online banking, and mobile wallet applications, and even social media. Now we take all of those innovations for granted in our daily lives. Perhaps someday we’ll look up into the sky, see the drones circling, and barely bat an eye at their existence. That’s the vision dancing in Mr. Bezos’s head.

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Comments

  1. John Smith says:

    This is an interesting technology, lets wait and see how it works :)

    • Ya by 2015 this technology will be available in United States and other developed countries mostly. Already there are some operations going on with drones in Canada.

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