Drone Delivery: Boon to Productivity or Traffic-Inducing Headache

Amazon has been promising to add drone delivery to its options for some time now, and the company’s progress suggests that drones could become a common part of their service in the next year or so. This will not apply to all areas right from the start; requirements suggest that it will initially be restricted to heavy population centres. But if the success is there and the costs come down, it is feasible that drone hubs could become commonplace on the landscape.

That, of course, means many more drones in the air, a prospect that will not please anyone who finds them to be an annoyance and/or safety hazard. It is such a new technology that governments are still trying to figure out what rules are needed and which ones can be modified as necessary.

The main question at the heart of it all is, essentially, just how fast do you need your stuff? Amazon’s delivery set-up is already extremely efficient, but drones promise to have products in your hands that same day. Outside of using STAR TREK technology that beams the box directly into your living room, it’s tough to imagine the process being any speedier.

If Amazon finds success with drone delivery, what is to stop other companies from following suit? I can’t imagine having to deal with a small army of drones constantly hovering around my neighborhood, dropping packages on people and traffic when they malfunction, or crashing into buildings. It really sounds like too much of what is already not such a great thing. However, technology marches forward whether we want it to or not. I just hope that as many of the bugs are ironed as possible and solid rules are in place to dictate when drone activity is appropriate. And none of the damn things had better wake me up on a Saturday morning!