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Would you trust a drone to deliver your Amazon order?
With so many people choosing to do their Black Friday shopping from the comfort of their home this year, Amazon’s release of a video featuring a real-life demo of it’s Prime Air drone delivery service was timely.
The video takes the viewer through the delivery process – from placing the order to having the drone drop the package onto your front yard – all in 30 minutes. The drone cradles it’s cargo like a mechanized stork, but, instead of delivering a gurgling baby, it brings the gift of new soccer boots or batteries for your remote control.
Amazon claim that the drone is able to travel up to 15 miles with your package and even navigate its way around obstacles before finding a suitable place to land – all on its own. Pretty cool – yes, but since the release of the video there has been a lot of skepticism about the capability of robots to operate safely in a human environment, especially in densely populated urban areas.
Earlier this week, a toddler in the UK lost an eye when an amateur drone hit a tree and spun out of control.
On the less extreme end of the spectrum, we suspect that if this service were to be widely available then there would be issues with parcels landing in the wrong backyard or people interfering with deliveries.
Assuring us about the reliability of this service is former Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson. The presenter will soon be starring in a new motoring show on the Amazon Prime TV service after he was fired from the BBC for punching his ex-producer in the face. Clearly, he is a model of stability and trust.