Come to a town near you: the low-frequency hum of a robot flying over your head. A bevy of companies seem poised to make this happen long cherished dream To fill America’s cityscapes with the sight of product-hugging drone armadas.
The Wall Street Journal on Saturday reported that some of the world’s largest companies had begun quietly rolling out commercial drone delivery services in communities across the country. Participants include Amazon, Walmart and Google’s parent company Alphabet. Many of these companies have been testing drone deliveries for quite some time — but this year many of them are officially scaling up and launching commercial operations. The Journal’s report states that the locations selected for business, commercial delivery operations will appear to involve “dozens” or even “hundreds” of deliveries per day.
As an example, Alphabet-owned drone company Wing announced Monday it officially launches its first commercial delivery service in the US this week in Texas. Deliveries will be directed to multiple neighborhoods across the Dallas area, where Wing has been testing deliveries since last year. Deliveries begin Thursday, April 7th.
“We will start small in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, serving tens of thousands of suburban homes in the city of Frisco and the city of Little Elm,” said Adam Woodworth, Wing’s chief technology officer, in one blog entry published Monday. “In addition to Walgreens, we ship items with three new partners in Frisco and Little Elm. We supply ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries (yes – it stays frozen on those hot Texas summer days!), prescription veterinary medicine from easyvet and first aid kits from Texas Health.”
Woodworth also called the launch the “first commercial drone delivery service in a major U.S. metropolitan area.”
Since its inception a few years ago, the commercial drone delivery industry has overcome a number of challenges, not the least of which is the intricate regulatory details that need to be resolved before more widespread deployment of flying delivery services can be realised. The Journal notes that lawmakers have been concerned about “the things that could go wrong if the skies over America were obscured by swarms of delivery drones – such as
That being said, I’ll be honest: if winged deliveries are the way of the future, I kind of don’t love it. I don’t like it for a number of reasons, but the most important among them is the fact that drone delivery seems almost entirely unnecessary in urban and metropolitan areas, with a few exceptions. I could see how helpful automated deliveries could be in a war zone, where medical supplies and food must be smuggled into a region without risking the lives of soldiers. They might even come in handy in America rural setting– where the nearest pharmacy may be tens of kilometers away and a trip to collect medication is a real chore. But in a metropolitan area like Dallas, where the biggest inconvenience of visiting a pharmacy is that a person might be forced to actually exert themselves by getting off the couch, what’s the real point?
Proponents of drone deliveries have claimed They will have a positive impact on the environment, although science is largely convinced of this still out on this claim. You could also see why this service would be helpful for homebound seniors, but then again, we already have human services for that. More specifically, I don’t want to have to dodge flying robots while I’m out for a walk just so some guy on the street can get a case of Mucinex delivered to his home.
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