Editorial: Drones Delivering to Your Doorstep?

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With the recent Fire Phone launch, some might have missed an important article posted on Arstechnica  last week. A few moths ago, Jeff Bezos revealed a plans for an “Octocopter Drone Delivery Plan”, also known as Prime Air. Bezos claimed that even though the project was in its infancy, he expects the technology and the law to make the plan a financial reality within the next decade.

The state of technology is certainly well on its way, but it seems the law may not be. According to the FAA release last Monday, which was designed to clarify the existing regulation, the Amazon Octocopter plan is an example of what is not acceptable under its rules.  Amazon’s website re-asserts what Bezos told 60 minutes, “Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.” 


Its sort of funny, the US government has shown little care for the safety of American citizens as it ramps up its own drone program over US airspace, all while the FAA banned the use of search and rescue drones and agricultural drones, technology which could actually better humanity and save lives.  The regulators are holding back some very good technology, whether its for the convenience of  delivering from Amazon, or saving lives. These companies are trying to normalize a technology which has gotten a pretty bad rap, but the same government which gave drones the stigma is preventing the market from using drones in productive ways.


Nicholas Fusco

Nick Fusco is a young IT Consultant and "geek"! As a contributing author on GBD, he covers all things tech and writes reviews for a variety of products and services.

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  1. Geek Brain July 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

    It will be interesting to see what happens with drones. Especially with the National Park Service banning them last week, and 2 separate events where drones entered passenger jets decent area at airports.

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