Amazon has already made automated retailing partially true by installing robots in its warehouses and fulfillment centers.
And now, they are thinking a step ahead, Amazon now aims at delivering your order within 30 minutes with its new autonomous quad copters. But is this possible?
According to Extremetech on Dec 2, To start with, it is not a crazy idea; quadcopters can deliver a five-pound package to the corresponding address within thirty minutes if it falls within a 10 mile radius. With regard to the battery capacity, this is possible.
So while the technology of Amazon Prime Air is favorable, most of the rules seem to be against them.
According to Amazon, their quadcopters and Prime Air service will be ready when FAA is ready to approve unmanned aircraft in the US.
And when is this going to happen? Well, let’s begin by saying that the current FAA roadmap says nothing regarding the issue.
If all goes well, FAA might rework on their unmanned aircraft systems regulations by 2015. But whether a move like that would indeed happen is yet to be seen.
But apart from technological and regulatory concerns, the practical concerns do not favor Amazon at all.
One, they are prone to damages since the unmanned aircraft cannot sense human danger. What if someone wants to shoot it down for the goods inside?
Also the quadcopter plainly leaves the box outside your house; this may not be a feasible option in urban areas.
Even in the midst of this, the concept is still interesting and quite exciting as well. There are infinite numbers of gains that can come our way if we switch to automated retailing experience.
Nevertheless, whether this switch will occur so soon is still not sure.