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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by IcEWoLF, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. IcEWoLF

    IcEWoLF Well-Known Member

  2. Matthew Hawley

    Matthew Hawley Well-Known Member

    Holy crap. That would be epic.
  3. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    More ways to shaft people out of more jobs.
  4. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    I personally feel it's a bit premature to call that. If anything, my feeling is a lot of these jobs will transition as well as newer jobs be created.

    For example, I see one to one ratios here:

    • Delivery Vehicle Maintenance -> Drone Maintenance
    • Delivery Specialist -> Drone Pilot
    I also see additional job created, including those who need to find lost drones.
  5. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    Your joking right?
    p.s. what corporation do you own? :)
  6. EQnoble

    EQnoble Well-Known Member

    If the FAA is actually going to allow this they would probably put a limit on what kind items and what weight (just like a truck, they have weight limits) the payloads can max out at on an unmanned drone simply for safety reasons if this is not already a constraint put forth by the delivery vehicle itself and there will probably be some size constraints set forth for that vehicle itself as it is going to have to take off and land in populated areas and fly low over neighborhoods.

    Anyways that said you still need sorters and selectors to package up the delivery boxes and get things ready to go and I doubt every single person in the world is going to pay the extra money to have something shipped in 30 minutes or less like it was a pizza so if anything I would consider it an extra services option no different than saying I want next day rather than waiting 4 days to a week but instead with in this case we are talking about I need this thing right now and I can order online and get it within the hour rather than having to run around and find a store that has this locally within an hour.

    It will be interesting to see what comes of this.
  7. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    I'm actually quite serious. If one thinks about it logically, we can see there is a potential (keyword potential, not absolute guarantee) there will be an increase of jobs.


    We have sorters, drivers, and mechanics maintaining a fleet of vans and trucks to deliver merchandise. One driver, and during Christmas, usually an assistant mans a truck filled with several hundred packages. The driver and assistant drives around town delivering packages. After the truck is emptied, it picks up packages on a set route and returns to base. The mechanic then repairs, reviews the vehicle and fixes trucks as need be.

    Possible Future:

    Assumption: the current series of drones will only be tasked with carrying only one customer's packages. The assumption is based on package integrity and ensuring one customer does not intentionally take another customer's package.

    Based on the above assumption, to deliver the same amount of packages, there needs to be an increase of drones to fly around and deliver. Because of the increase of drones, there is an increase number of pilots flying the drones and an increase of mechanics maintaining the drones. Lastly, because of the sheer number of drones, a missing drone could potentially be thousands of dollars lost. There will be recovery teams out there sent out to find these drones and return them.
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  8. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    I agree in "some" sense but in time (If this takes off well) it could be the end of the postman :)
  9. Teapot

    Teapot Well-Known Member

    I'd be more worried about being the start of that glorious time when robots and quadcoptors work for the benefit of humanity, before they turn on us and instigate a robot revolution to overthrow the meatsacks.
  10. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    Maybe, maybe not. Current drone iteration is limited to four pounds. That covers maybe 70-80% of the packages, but the rest still needs to be lifted.
  11. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    Still that's one hell of a cut.
  12. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    I can see people shooting at them as they're flying over neighborhoods, just to steal the goods, lol.

    You can just imagine someone ordering an IPhone 6/7, having it flown over a town, then stolen en route by someone shooting the drone down. :p
  13. Teapot

    Teapot Well-Known Member

    Only in America would this happen...
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  14. AdamD

    AdamD Well-Known Member

    Well, in the UK, we'd just throw tea pots at them! :p
  15. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Then you would have to account for adverse weather. I wouldn't expect 100% of the time these drones would be able to deliver if the weather were extremely bad so I would assume that any company would have a backup, human delivery.

    I think it's kind of a good thing. Less pollution from vehicles delivering the items.
  16. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    :D I hate tea, no teapots here. I'd have to settle in throwing an episode of coronation constipation street at it in glorious betamax format (the early years)

    I'm adding that one to my bucket list. :p Hopefully will see this service in the UK real soon.
  17. SneakyDave

    SneakyDave Well-Known Member

    They'd need to be able to record live video to thwart thieving attempts, and customers that would claim they never received the item :rolleyes:

    And I probably wouldn't see it in my lifetime. Amazon has their grocery service in place for 5 years, and only 2 cities are served by it.
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  18. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I think this would have a higher chance of getting off the ground :p since groceries have a limited amount of time to be delivered before they have gone bad. The speed of technology and how fast it's progressing I think you would have a good chance seeing this in your lifetime SD.

    I wonder what the current range of the 1st generation vehicles are like. Any spec sheets anywhere?
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  19. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    Sooooo... was I the only one who watched the video and thought to myself . .(actually I said it out loud to the amusement of my other half) that I'd be hard pressed to resist wanting to shoot it out of the sky. .. "ooooh yellow target, must kill!" . . followed by "how cool, plastic storage pots free with your order". . .

    I'll get my coat :D
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  20. SneakyDave

    SneakyDave Well-Known Member

    You think the streets are crowded now? Can you imagine looking up in the sky a few days hours after Cyber Monday, and seeing these things covering the sunlight?

    Can't imagine the trucking unions in the US would like it very much.
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