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Drone delivery is a bad idea

December 3, 2013 - Art Smith
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, announced over the weekend that he wanted to start delivering packages to people’s front door by using high-tech drones.

The company has gone as far as producing a video showing a drone dropping a package at someone’s house. The service would be an extension of the popular Amazon Prime shipping program and be called Prime Air. It would be limited to people located near Amazon shipping centers. We have no shipping centers in our area so would not, at least at first, get the service.

I’m not a big fan of the idea for several reasons.

If you really need something that fast, just go buy it. Do we really need a TV cable, book or DVD player in 30 minutes? Probably not, and if we do there are stores all over town that will be more than happy to sell you the item you need.

Drones sound like giant mosquitoes. I really hate mosquitoes.

It could be the start of something we really don’t need or want. Once the cost of the giant flying mosquitoes falls to less than the cost of a Ford Ranger pickup truck you could see them flying around with a large pepperoni pizza tucked underneath. At that point you could have dozens of them zipping around the skies of American cities. Need another six-pack? No problem, the Bud Light will be delivered to your patio in 14 minutes.

Machines fails. When a Ford Ranger, dies it pulls off to the side of the road. When a drone fails, it falls out of the sky. I personally don’t want it hitting me on the head.

Changing technology is making a lot of things possible. As a society we just need to ask, do we really need this or does it fall into the same category as allowing people to talk on cellphones on commercial flights?

I have an idea. Why doesn’t Amazon partner with Google and have them deliver packages with the driverless cars the other tech giant is using to photograph every inch of the planet.


Article Comments

Dec-09-13 6:45 AM

Although the Parkersburg News claims to have five copy editors on its staff, I counted 7 grammatical errors in this article alone.

Dec-08-13 11:35 AM

I enjoyed this article. It makes good sense. I can envision a drone landing in the yard where a dog lives~~a big playful dog, who loves to jump onto unknown items that fly around its yard. One good chomp = no more drone.


Dec-05-13 7:32 AM

+And when the driverless car fails, it goes out of control and rams anther car. Great trade-off, not.


Dec-04-13 11:12 AM

You sounds like some old fella sitting in his recliner shouting things like "back in my day we had to walk 10 miles uphill both ways just to knock on someones door to see if they were home!"


Dec-04-13 9:32 AM

I agree for several reasons--Common Sense,etc. Just because something is possible doesn't mean it should be done!


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