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#1    seeder

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:43 AM

Amazon announces delivery by DRONE: Online retailer claims airborne robots will bring packages to your door in 30 minutes

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced the online retailer has secretly been testing drones that will delivery packages directly to people's doors

Project is at least five years from reality due to still-to-be-determined FAA regulations

The operation has been under development at a special lab in Seattle for some time

Bezos says they hope the 'octopters' will be fully operational in 'four to five years', with approval from the US Federal Aviation Authority being seen as the biggest hurdle

The company maintain that 'although it looks like science fiction, it is not'
The announcement has been met with a variety of criticism online

http://www.dailymail...l#ixzz2mIypwKGU



More jobs lost then...


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Edited by seeder, 02 December 2013 - 08:44 AM.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:23 AM

I don't know, this seems like a really expensive shipping method.  I'm sure the slower and cheaper ones will still be around for some time.


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:23 AM

View Postseeder, on 02 December 2013 - 08:43 AM, said:

More jobs lost then...

I dont think so because not every lousy parchel will be delivered by air and the drones must be operated somehow.
But one is for sure. Clay-pigeon shooting will become much popular, but without clay-pigeons.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:23 AM

yes, i was just looking at this. I'm really not sure about the from a health & safety point of view. They say that Bezos said that the octocoptors would be autonomous so would not need a pilot to guide them, but that would seem to be a whole new can of fish or kettle of worms, wouldn't it. Autonomous robots buzzing about in the skies over cities in their thousands? It all sounds decidedly risky, if you ask me.

Edited by Colonel Rhuairidh, 02 December 2013 - 09:28 AM.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:26 AM

Although the Amazon chappie does says that if it does come off, it might reduce traffic & emissions, which is something worth thinking about, perhaps.

If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, lie, evade, fake it, be elsewhere, forge documents, build improved electronic gadgets in your garage that’ll outwit the gadgets used by the authorities.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 10:24 AM

View PostColonel Rhuairidh, on 02 December 2013 - 09:26 AM, said:

Although the Amazon chappie does says that if it does come off, it might reduce traffic & emissions, which is something worth thinking about, perhaps.
but then you have lots of low level flying traffic, what happens if they have to cross an airport or base? or if the weather is bad?


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 10:30 AM

I would say probably you avoid airports and don't deliver on bad weather days.


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 10:34 AM

I dont think it will get licensed, not in the  UK anyway...  it may open the door to UK based terrorism

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 11:03 AM

View Postseeder, on 02 December 2013 - 10:34 AM, said:

I dont think it will get licensed, not in the  UK anyway...  it may open the door to UK based terrorism
they can still do that with or without a license, using RC planes or RC cars. Though people will moan about it "Its scaring the birds" etc


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 11:06 AM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 02 December 2013 - 11:03 AM, said:

they can still do that with or without a license, using RC planes or RC cars. Though people will moan about it "Its scaring the birds" etc
No doubt killing a few birds, hopefully starlings.


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 11:09 AM

View PostFrank Merton, on 02 December 2013 - 10:30 AM, said:

I would say probably you avoid airports and don't deliver on bad weather days.
oh dear, imagine the problems with backlogs over Christmas or Thanksgiving or whatever...

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 11:21 AM

View PostColonel Rhuairidh, on 02 December 2013 - 11:09 AM, said:

oh dear, imagine the problems with backlogs over Christmas or Thanksgiving or whatever...

And will they send a  drone to collect it if the item isnt suitable  :lol:

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 11:27 AM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 02 December 2013 - 11:03 AM, said:

they can still do that with or without a license, using RC planes (...)

You are wrong :

Check FAQ : Do I need to get approval from the FAA to fly a model aircraft for recreation?

FAA :No. FAA guidance does not address size of the model aircraft. FAA guidance says that model aircraft flights should be kept below 400 feet above ground level (AGL), should be flown a sufficient distance from populated areas and full scale aircraft, and are not for business purposes.



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Edited by toast, 02 December 2013 - 11:30 AM.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 11:31 AM

View PostColonel Rhuairidh, on 02 December 2013 - 11:09 AM, said:

oh dear, imagine the problems with backlogs over Christmas or Thanksgiving or whatever...
No change from now.


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 11:32 AM

I do worry about all this technology replacing people.  If computers and machines do all the work, who is going to be able to make any money to buy stuff?





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