On Thursday Google released a video of a team of Google researchers using a half plane half helicopter drone hybrid delivering dog treats to a farmer in Queensland, Australia. This is not the first time companies have tested drone use for commercial delivery. Amazon is currently testing the feasibility of small package delivery in urban and rural landscapes and Dominos Pizza released a video of a drone delivering pizza to a customer in June of 2013. Although there is evidence that drones are being tested in the commercial arena, theres still a long road ahead for commercial drone delivery to become a reality, at least in the United States.
According to a recent article by Conor Dougherty in The New York Times Online; for drones to be used for commercial delivery, there would have to be a change in F.A.A. requirements. There could possibly even be a new flight control system for commercial drones that the F.A.A would have to sign off on. Either way, there has to be a large need and feasibility for commercial drone use before commercial drones are implemented in the United States.
Aside from the restrictions for commercial drones from the F.A.A., there is also a major hurdle to overcome when it comes to privacy issues. With major controversy surrounding drone use and impeding personal privacy, there may be restrictions in the law of individual states for drone use. Many states are sure to approve the use before others but there still has to be an okay from the F.A.A.
Even though there are many restrictions preventing commercial drone delivery from becoming a reality, there is a huge interest from major companies like Google and Amazon. If there is a market for commercial drone use in the near future, there is sure to be a large push to change F.A.A. regulations to incorporate drone use in an everyday flight delivery system very soon, the question is; will the general public accept drones hovering around their neighborhood and will it be a safe practice? Only time will tell.