A few days back when Amazon announced about the ‘’drones’’ that could be used for delivery purposes, a lot of people took it as a joke. But with the progressing technology, it seems quite possible. But with every step forward in technology, there are both pros and cons. Though the service seems quite interesting and without much of human effort being put in it, it did raise some issues.
This service can help transverse difficult routes with ease and can also use some shorter ones. The drones do not depend upon the transportation infrastructure. Also, drones are capable of vertical take off and landing so they can deliver things to the exact locations rather than some railway station or airport as is the case with other ways of transportation. And no doubt, one doesn’t need any human pilot who should be available all the time or who needs breaks.
Drones use a higher level of energy and input hence they are more costly. Also in residential areas, it is not possible to deliver items of large size e-g Washing machine etc. Not only this, drones have limited ability to carry heavy items. One, thus, has to be careful about the weight. Apart from this, drones also require the same type of principle as is with rockets. The more distance to be covered, the more energy is required. So with limited weight, limited distance should be taken into account too. People also have raised the issue of safety and privacy for such service.
Amazon and Google both are working their best to launch their service as soon as possible. Meanwhile, a new technology is also under development and that is Estonian Robots. These Robots are working much like the drones with the same purposes and aims but they will cover ground rather than fly in the air. Starship which is also the founding engineers of Skype is planning on sending robots on the sidewalks with little packages or groceries.
These robots are more sensitive towards the environment. They work using GPS, sensors, and cameras. They are capable of sensing the pedestrians, obstacles, stairs or even any attack. They are being monitored by human operators at the central control center. Also, the robots are much safer than drones because of their low speed and they are more ‘’friendly’’ too. But robots also face the same disadvantages of weight and distance limited delivery.
The pace with which we are advancing nowadays, it is no doubt we will soon be witnessing drones and robots in action for delivery purposes and with many advanced features too. Though there may be disadvantages yet they will definitely prove to be useful and valuable.
It is not the matter of if but the matter of when!