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Urban Drone Delivery Systems?

I am certain that widespread urban and suburban “Drone Package Delivery” is a system that will never be implemented. It is an urban legend/myth that is perpetuated only for its publicity factor.

Technically, it is possible. So is the flying car. They are both in the same category. Technically possible, feasibly impossible.

Imagine a kid running out the front door, smacking into a drone hovering a few feet off the ground with sharp knife blades at eye level spinning at 20,000 RPM. (The propeller lift system)

It is also (at present) a one package per trip system. Drone size is dictated and limited by fixed and absolute aerodynamic and power requirement factors as well as the residential environment of this type of delivery.  All powered helicopter type flying devices are inherently energy inefficient. That creates a totally non cost-effective system. The required infrastructure of maintenance, control, crash recovery, liability, obstacle avoidance, anti-drone gunfire; just the things I can think of in just a few seconds; says it is totally un-doable at the scale being imagined.

The flying airspace is not a free environment. The FAA (et al) are going “bonkers” over managing a safe flying device system of control and drone management with today’s urban air traffic at 400 feet and higher. Delivery drones require total air space management down to ground level, everywhere.

 It can work in very controlled demonstrations and closed system special environments. It’s the “golly-gee!” factor that publicists love. The ones who get paid by the column inch doing tech and pseudoscience propaganda they can push to the naïve general public.

Remember the old (supposed) Postal Delivery moto? “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  This is NOT the official US Postal System moto but think what these conditions do to any free flying (drone) activity.

No doubt drones are here. I have two. But they cannot and will never replace the “at the doorstep”, human presence home package delivery system.

Then consider: What is the point? Replace the human delivery person? Reduce delivery costs? Faster delivery?

For me, next day free delivery is unbelievable and probably not even necessary. It’s here now. A drone will make it better. Nope.

There will certainly be special situations where this technology is deployed. I say it will never be a general purpose and widespread home package delivery system.

I am sure there are many special situations where drone delivery can be fully justified. I invite replies if you can dream them up for me.

 

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