Drone Delivery or Not
Should Google or any company for that matter start drone delivery systems? According to www.reuters.com Google plans of have drones deliver packages in 2017. There are pros and cons to this argument. I can see how it would be beneficial but I can also see how it could be bad. I personally am not bothered by the idea of drone delivery but I understand why some people are against it.
To start with the positive aspects, I have researched several different websites. One of the big positive aspects is the ecological affect that it will have. Many drones are electric and do not produce toxic fumes. www.treehuger.com says “battery-powered drone traveling to bring your order versus a large emissions-spewing delivery truck is a vast improvement” (Treacy, Megan)
Time magazine brings up another good ecological point. When people order products online verse driving to the store that is one less car on the roads. By using delivery systems Time says “you’ll need to drive to the store even less often, which in turn should reduce carbon emissions further” (Walsh, Bryan) The other big advantage is speed. Drones take away the middle man, the one who has to park the truck get out of the truck deliver the package get back in the truck and drive to the next location. Drone delivery systems eliminate that. These systems will reduce the amount of time it will take to deliver packages.
The biggest negatives behind drone delivery include potential hazards and security concerns. When I say hazards I mean that a drone could malfunction and hit someone or something. Imsuccesscenter.com said it very simply “In terms of personal injuries, the drone system is not a perfect technology, and as such, problems can easily arise.” (Donahoe, Sean) There is definitely risk involved with remote flying drones, things malfunction or even a bird collision could cause a drone to fall on a person and injure them. The other big negative is security. There are to aspects of this that I would like to bring up. The first is that id like to bring up is package security what is to stop people from shooting drone drones with an airsoft gun and stealing its cargo. Another possible consideration would be people just grabbing the package from the machine. Normally a delivery driver would be there overseeing the delivery with the conventional method but who is there protecting packages when it is machines are doing the deliveries. The other big concern is security. Many people are feel that drones will be used to spy on civilians. www.treehugger.com says “ The drone will use GPS to find your house and will almost definitely have a camera in order to safely land and navigate its surroundings” (Treacy, Megan). These drones definitely have the potential to be used to spy on people.
I believe that drones can and will become very affective delivery systems for companies like Google. As long as the FAA can set up safe and affective regulations that protect both privacy and the safety of civilians then companies like Google can thieve on this technology.
Morgan, David. "Google Aims to Begin Drone Package Deliveries in 2017." Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 02 Nov. 2015. Web. 02 Nov. 2015. <http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/02/us-usa-drones-alphabet-idUSKCN0SR20520151102>.
Treacy, Megan. "Amazon Drones: A Look at the Pros and Cons." TreeHugger. N.p., 11 Dec. 2013. Web. 02 Nov. 2015. <http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/amazon-drones.html>.
Walsh, Bryan. "Shopping By Drone Could Be Good for the Environment | TIME.com." Science Space Shopping By Drone Could Be Good for the Environment Comments. Time Magazine, 3 Dec. 2013. Web. 02 Nov. 2015. <http://science.time.com/2013/12/03/shopping-by-drone-could-be-good-for-the-environment/>.
Donahoe, Sean. "Amazon and Drone Delivery: The Pros and Cons." Internet Marketing Success Center. N.p., 02 Mar. 2015. Web. 02 Nov. 2015. <http://imsuccesscenter.com/amazon-and-drone-delivery-the-pros-and-cons/>.