Do you really believe in drones?

I don’t really believe we will see something delivered by a drone before 5/10 years from now.

Sure, drones can be used for deliveries between warehouses or delivery centers, but don’t expect a drone to knock at your door anytime soon.

Having tried some drones myself I can’t think of a drone knocking at my window precisely enough to not damage itself or my property (or at worse, myself).

There are some experiments, tests, startup making moneys on this funny idea, but I see a lot of problems in it:

  • Security (of the drone). A professional drone is not the safest thing you want around your house. You don’t really want a 10 kg thing with carbon rotors spinning at thousands of RPM above your kids
  • Security (of the delivery). How safe is an Amazon package with a drone? Not that much. It can fall, people can track and steal it. You don’t want your pizza stolen.
  • What about costs? Let’s say I’m a pizza chain that want to deliver it by drones. I need a drone fleet and a place to put them (drone “airport”?), maintenance, recharge, pre-flight checks, etc… Is it cheaper than a delivery boy? I’ll tell you a secret: NO.

So, if you think of it you’ll just have a good laugh when you read something like this article. Yes, the first pizza was delivered, but it’s nothin more than a marketing gimmick.

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