Drone Book Delivery

Have you ever thought that the books you buy online may be delivered in a different way to what they are currently? Amazon has come up with a futuristic way of delivering your order: by drone. If delivered this way, your parcel will arrive much quicker than it currently does; that is, within 30 minutes.

Delivered to my doorstep? I wonder how they will get around buzzing for access to enter my apartment building! I can only wait and see in 2015 – the year Amazon wishes to implement this plan.

Those science fiction stories I have read in the past do not seem to be so far-fetched now.

What do you think of Amazon’s futuristic drones?

29 thoughts on “Drone Book Delivery

  1. “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.”
    It’s a brave, new world, Colline. I’ll be happy to see these used but I hope they’re pretty careful. In the city, our airspace isn’t free of clutter — wires and the like. If one of those drones hits a telephone wire, no telling where it might fall.

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    1. I did not think of the drone flying I to a wire John. And now I think too of trees and sign posts. In the promotional video it looks so clean – but then it was shot in Suburbia. As you suggest John, the City may pose more difficulties.

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  2. I saw the demo on tv. Drones of any sort scare me — whose pushing the buttons that direct the drone (probably a touch screen, not buttons, lol)? And, since there are two houses on the property, if we’re still living here in drone days, how will it know which house? That’s what’s creepy.

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    1. When we were discussing this at our dinner table, my daughter took it one step further and expressed a concern that he people behind the drones may even be spying on us. (Yes, she is a reader of Dystopian novels).

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      1. When the discussion of using drones for homeland security purposes, and policing, I wondered just what controls might be in place. What’s to stop criminals, terrorists or your neighbor to “drone you.” I’m just paranoid, I guess, because I haven’t read dystopian novels! (lol)

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        1. If you had read the novels you would be even more paranoid I think Phylor. In these novels technology is used as a means to control people and to make sure that they behave as those in power wish them to behave.

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  3. This is a very interesting post Colline. I think Amazon will have several hurdles to clear, and that 2015 implementation date is more than a bit ambitious. I see drones getting cleared to fly in the case of disaster relief, such as to get medicines quickly into inaccessible areas, coming about long before commercial use. Also, this is extremely expensive technology. To have a delivery vehicle which can cost 10s of thousands of dollars delivering 25$ worth of books at a time doesn’t seem logistically feasible. Especially if that vehicle is unmanned, easily intercepted, and potentially hackable. I do think that as the technology improves, and logistics are sorted out, we will see more and more commercial drone use, however I’m not counting on having books delivered to my door by Amazon by 2015 – even with there being an Amazon distribution center located about 10 miles from my home.

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    1. I am hoping, Alex, that the delivery of medicine happens first as that will address a more important need – especially to places that do not often have delivery because of access.

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  4. I saw this story on the news, and I’m not sure what I think. There’s a privacy issue in all this, although what that issue is exactly, I’m not sure. It’s like Google Earth riding around on the highways and roads, taking our pictures. Yet I love being able to use Google Maps so it’s hard to complain too much about someone from Google shooting me (with a camera) as I ride down the road. I can’t imagine needing something from Amazon so quickly that I’d pay to have them fly it over with drone. There are so many other more worthy reasons for using a delivery system like that.

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    1. I agree with you on that. And I am sure this service would be more expensive. What I don’t like about it is that it would put people out of a job in a society where. Unemployment is rising and many people are not earning enough money to look after their basic needs.

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  5. I feel like this has a lot of ‘holes’ in it. They need to work on this concept before they move forward, not to mention I read somewhere that invading the airspace – if that’s how it’s said – is not legal. I could be wrong, but I think that’s what was said. I don’t need anything in that big a hurry, unless it’s a bathroom after a big gulp!

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    1. You are correct about the invading airspace bit Gemma – it was on one of the news clips I listened to. I think they brought out the idea without carefully considering the implications and problems that may occur.

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  6. I’m old fashioned and am fine with waiting a few days for a book. What effect do a multitude of drones have on birds? Not to mention the paranoia they arouse in all of us. I would probably go back to getting books at a book store or the library.

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  7. I read about it too Colline, and was astounded! Vandalism and theft would be the biggest hurdle in my opinion, especially in third world countries. Seems like human impatience knows no bounds!! 🙂

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    1. I cannot see this happening in third world countries, to be honest. I know that in South Africa the copper wiring for the telephone cables is stolen. I imagine the drones would not be survivors of theft.

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  8. A very interesting and timely post, Colline. After reading the responses of your readers, I find that they share many of the concerns I have about this latest technological advancement. I too, worry, as your daughter does about the political implications…spying and gathering info as well as other info being gathered about us and shared with numerous consumer oriented businesses such as when we would be most likely to be home to pick up the package, then sharing this with telemarketers.

    I too, worry about the loss of jobs for those who currently fill those orders at Amazon. In fact, this was my first thought. If it means that several hundred workers get to keep their jobs, then I am happy to wait much longer than 30 minutes to get my package! I also worry about the impact on nature and people wandering around outside as well with those drones flying around. Not to mention that the word ‘drone’ has a military connotation and connection with ‘drone hits’ that kill civilians that I find unsavory.

    This is creepy. I am unsettled with the prospect of using drones to deliver books. For medical supplies to remote areas that help people – well, that might be a reasonable solution. For the simple purpose of delivering consumer goods asap – I find this creepy and unsettling.

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    1. I remember the words my dad once said: that we are an instant society. We want everything now – instant coffee, instant porridge – and instant service delivery. Sometimes it is good to wait a little and savour the arrival of savour you have ordered. And to be honest, a day or two is not such a long time to wait.

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