drone : Java Glossary
©1996-2017 2014-10-18 Roedy Green of Canadian Mind Products
Amazon says is plans to deliver goods by drone. I would like to look at how that
might work and some of the advantages and disadvantages and some of the problems
that need to be overcome.
How It Might Work
- You register a GPS (Global Positioning System) location for the rendezvous in the middle of your lawn or
your apartment’s lawn. It some delivery locations it would have to be on a
- When the parcel is ready for delivery, you get an automated phone call. By
pressing 1, you can accept the parcel in the next
10 minutes or press 2 to request
- You go outside to the landing zone and make sure it is clear for landing. If
you can’t do that, you call in an abort.
- The drone lands and powers off. You punch in a PIN (Personal Identification Number) number on the drone, or on
your cell, to get it to release the parcel.
- The drone takes off returning to home base for another parcel after it has
determined there are no people within 3 metres (9.84 ft)
- There would be no labour for a driver.
- The fuel for the drone would be insignificant compared with the fuel for a
- The emissions would be low.
- The route could be direct.
- It would be easy to scale without tying up large amounts of real estate. The
office could be set up on an unused rooftop.
- Many people are not home to receive parcels in winter except in the dark.
- Drones would probably be fairly noisy, unless they were electric.
- Sooner or later a drone would smash into a child and there would be great hue
and cry out of proportion to the danger.
- A drone to carry more than 500 grams (1.10 lbs)
has to be pretty big. Ideally you would like the drones to handle any packages
lighter than furniture or electrical appliances, in particular bags of
- Children and dogs would likely be excited by drones landing and would
- Wind, rain, snow, overhanging trees, power lines make for dangerous flying