Amazon Flying Drones Will Deliver in 30 Minutes

By Thomas Cowley


Anyone who has ever ordered anything online knows that the one part that sucks about it is how long it takes to get to your house. Not that there is a lot to complain about when you are slouched across the couch, half awake, drink in hand, balancing a laptop in your stomach all while not wearing pants; or perhaps that is just how I do my online shopping.


Well now Amazon, which already sells nearly everything online safe for perhaps organs, has a plan in mind to make online shopping even more convenient and simple. A new work-in-progress flying drone system is in the works that will deliver packages to your home in just 30 minutes.


The system is a 8-bladed helicopter like robot that utilizes GPS to land and drop packages and then conveniently fly back to the distribution center. The system is still several years out according to Amazon, but they do believe it will be a viable form of delivery in the near future. The biggest problem hindering the system will be convincing the FAA that the system will be safe and secure. Which is a sound concern because there have already been some issues with drone crashing in highly populated areas.


I find this a double edged sword in some ways. While yes, I would love for my online orders to end up at my house in the time it takes me to eat lunch without having to leave my home, I also see a possible issue with drones flying everywhere. Will it be safe? Will it be a noisy nuisance? How much will it cost? What if it drops my new PS4? Will there be a significant drop in the surrounding pigeon population? Only time will answer these dire questions, but if it works, it is a cool look at what the future could be in just a few years.


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