What do I know about Amazon’s unmanned aircraft ambition?

As the year is fast coming to an end and online shoppers are busy sorting out their shopping carts, Jeff Bezos, the boss of the world’s most successful online retailers, unveiled what seems like highly science fictional topic that sets the chatter planet abuzz. Barely few days ago, Jeff Bezos unveiled a highly ambitious plan of unmanned delivery drone that sets to reduce delivery time tremendously. At this point of time, there is yet any clear sign of when this might finally become a reality but, all signs are pointing to regulatory bottleneck to be the major obstacle rather than the technology itself.

Thanks to Amazon (and all the creative geeks), pictures of plane bearing Amazon’s logo are flooding the entire Internet space. I have to say some of them are really creative by jumping ahead of the pack and predict what the rules would be like when this crazy idea come into reality. Nonetheless thousands of questions remain and definitely, we have no definite answer to those questions, at least until we get to witness the real thing in action. Just thinking out loud, there are few basic questions that Bezos (maybe) have the answer. Even with no serious thinking, I am able to come up with few doubts that I bet most people would be interested in their answers too. One big mystery is at what height will these drones be flying at? It is a tough decision to make. Flying too high makes it subjected to the extreme temperature and air pressure that might destroy your items entirely. But flying too low is not wise either as it would make it susceptible to human attacks. Since these planes will need no human operator, where will all the delivery men go? Do they still have a job then? Will it lead to higher unemployment?Will it be better for the economy as a whole or will it just be better for Amazon as they stand to be the main beneficiary? What would the delivery cost be? Will the minimum $35 order still remain? Or will it be adjusted up or down? The list of questions is definitely endless but I’ll try to look at things more positively. Given that we all have benefited from the revolution that Amazon has brought on so far, I’d give them benefits of the doubt and assume that they’ll be able to pull all the plug and make this into a reality in 4 to 5 years time.


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