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Watch Out, Amazon: DHL Tests Drug-Delivery Drone 134

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-will-hunt-your-drones-for-sport dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Amazon is apparently not alone in its desire to use miniature drones to deliver packages. On the morning of Monday, Dec. 9, employees at the Bonn, Germany headquarters of package-delivery giant DHL challenged Amazon's plan for dominance of the skies by having medicine delivered from a local pharmacy via a mustard-yellow package-carrying helicopter the Germans dubbed 'Paketkopter.' The quad-rotored mini-drone flew a box of medicines from a launching point near the pharmacy, above traffic and across the Rhine River to DHL's headquarters just over a kilometer away. It made the flight in about two minutes, was unloaded quickly and returned to the launch team near the pharmacy. Amazon has owned total mindshare of the still-imaginary drone-based package delivery market since CEO Jeff Bezos gushed about his plans for Amazon PrimeAir during a TV interview last week. The plan generated immediate controversy due to the negative image of drones following heavy use for surveillance and targeted anti-personnel strikes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq. Within the United States, the FAA, FTC and a host of consumer-protection groups objected to the possibility that thousands of autonomous drones would be hovering over U.S. cities, potentially invading the privacy and endangering the lives of those who might run afoul of either cameras or rotors."
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Watch Out, Amazon: DHL Tests Drug-Delivery Drone

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  • by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @09:12PM (#45656719) Homepage Journal

    According to the Guardian article you linked, and that I have up there, it was a publicity stunt.

    False. According to that article, it is probably a publicity stunt, and some people have said that they think so, but there is no actual proof. They in fact do not unequivocally state that it is such in the article (though quoted sources say that they are sure that it is such) which I presume is why you didn't copy and paste anything where that actually happens, instead choosing to employ prevarication by calling attention to Amazon's odious business practices. I agree that they are odious, but that does not reflect upon the validity of the drone delivery model, nor Amazon's intent (or lack thereof) to employ it.

    I think you're likely correct, but the linked article does not prove that you are, and it is therefore bullshit to continue pounding on it as if it contained the facts you're looking for. It doesn't. It contains speculation.

    But if you really believe their is a chance that drones are going to be dropping packages off at you doorstep in under 10 - 15 years, you neither understand the logistics and you are both delusional and naive.

    I'm pretty sure I do understand the logistics. Quadcopters are already capable of doing this job right now, the infrastructure needed is simply not there. The infrastructure required is broad in extent, but a straightforward and simple extension of existing systems already in place at Amazon, such as robots now performing picking jobs in some of their distribution centers.

    Set down the Adderal and the Code Red.

    Congratulations, you're an asshole! Your prize is getting to live with yourself!

    I can't believe you got modded up...

    I still just can't believe it's not butter.

  • Re:Delivery Trucks (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @10:00PM (#45657041)

    Imagine 2 ton steel vehicles hurtling through cities mere inches from unprotected human beings.

    It's far too dangerous to imagine. It could never happen.

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