Amazon Prime Air’s delivery system’s technology offers extremely fast delivery time for emergencies like bringing medicine to a parent who has a sick child late at night. Drone delivery is also better for the environment. A single, battery-powered drone traveling to bring your order versus a large delivery truck is a vast improvement when it comes to emissions and energy efficiency. The drone also wins out when comparing it to you driving your car to the store for the same items. Small aerial drones can also be used for many different things like instead of delivery it can assist in a search mission for a lost hiker for example. So overall, this technology is important because it’s creating a faster, more energy-efficient, and more convenient mode of delivery.
Customers choose from a selection of thousands of items. They receive the order in a prime air fulfillment center. Your order is placed into a box then an electrically powered amazon drone makes its way down an automated track then rises into the sky with the customer’s package on board. Once in the air, the buyer will get a notification on their phone, tablet or another device, and a timer will count down to their delivery. They’ll know exactly when their purchase leaves the warehouse, when it approaches, and when it lands. Within 30 minutes of placing their order, the customer receives their package. The drones are autonomous, so they operate completely on their own. They will also have what Amazon dubs “sense-and-avoid” technology, which will ensure the drones don’t hit birds, trees or other obstacles along the way. They cruise below an altitude of 400 ft carrying packages up to 5 pounds (which is 80% to 90% of all products that Amazon sells) and guided by GPS. The drones reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour in order for the deliveries to be in 30 minutes or less.
There are some ethical considerations for this technology. One major concern society may have is the loss of numerous jobs due to the use of more drones than delivery trucks. This will leave a lot of people unemployed and looking for another job which will be a huge problem for those who need to supply for their families and other situations. Also, privacy will become a major concern with the use of drones because they use a GPS to locate a customer’s house. People may not feel comfortable about these potential issues, and they may strongly consider the negative aspects of this technology.
Treacy, Megan. “Amazon Drones: a Look at the Pros and Cons.” TreeHugger, Treehugger, 11 Oct. 2018, www.treehugger.com/gadgets/amazon-drones.html.