Amazon.com has moved one small step closer to getting approval for its drone delivery service. A good idea?
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The basic physics problem is 'simply' solved by lifting the drones (many at a time) in an airship
- then they only need to control speed of descent when fully loaded. They need to be fully autonomous to be commercially viable.
I think we are more likely to see little wheeled delivery robots on the street first.
As long as people don't shoot down the drones or steal them then yes.
Great point, Daniel. And cold temperatures can also wreak havoc on a lot of consumer electronics. I once consulted with a company and helped it determine why its LCD-based product so often arrived at new customers' doors in a damaged state. I worked with the warranty department and generated a large map of the United States with push pins on it-- green ones showing the shipments that arrived undamaged, and red pins representing damaged units.
Turns out that the complaints about cracked LCD screens all came from addresses above the 40th parallel, where temperatures had plummeted during a prolonged cold snap that winter. Since the company was based in Arizona, it had never thought to subject its product to such low temperatures as part of its quality testing. (The unit was strictly meant for indoor use, and the CEO reasoned that the device would never be subjected to such extreme temperatures.) We put several of them in the freezer until they reached the average daily temperature in Duluth, St. Paul, and Chicago, and kept them there for a few hours.
All of the LCD screens cracked, oozing a red, gelatinous liquid which exactly matched the complaints the firm's customer service department was receiving in heavy volume.
While the moral of this story is that more thoughtful quality testing can save customers a lot of hassle, it's also that outside temperature matters a lot when shipping consumer electronics.
Less than 30 minute delivery? Ice packs and a cooler.
Dry ice, much less return payload.
Starting to sound like a very expensive Ice Cream.
edit brushing and bruising aren't the same thing...
I am thinking a peltier thene using the heat displacement as an energy source to power the drone idk just thinking