Late on Thursday, Google announced that its advanced research system, “Google X” has been involved in testing drones to deliver goods. This is somewhat similar to what Amazon tried to do last year, however without any significant progress. According to the company, it had been testing in the manner aforesaid for quite a few years, and has now a new team leader, Dave Vos, who is an expert in automating systems for aviation for the job.
The company delivered chocolate bars, cattle vaccines and dog treats among other packages to two farmers in a research project last year in Queensland. A 1.5m-wide (5ft) mono-wing drone prototype, with 4 propellers that move into dissimilar directions to reach different levels of flight, was engaged to do the said delivery.
As for the delivery itself, Google brainstormed for methods – even considering parachutes like the Capitol in the Hunger Games did to the participants – but then recalled that it might prove injurious as people might get too close to it while receiving their packages. Google, in the Australian experiment, settled for a kind of fishing line that would be lowered to the recipients from 150 feet above the ground for the job.
Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving goods – including options that are cheaper, faster, less wasteful and more environmentally sensitive than what’s possible today. Throughout history, major shifts in how we move goods from place to place have led to new opportunities for economic growth and generally made consumers’ lives easier. From steam ships to the railroads, from the postal service to delivery services like FedEx and DHL, speed has reshaped society not only with greater convenience but also by making more goods accessible to more people. –Google.
Commercial drones are, however, banned in the US. Amazon and some others are petitioning the FAA to ease the rules and FAA approved the first commercial drone flight in June. Google also underlined countries like Bhutan which uses drones to deliver medical supplies in Nambia and WWF using them to spot poachers.
The US, however, and others, is concerned about safety and privacy. Last year some amateur drone operators were accused of interloping with firefighters in a forest. Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief or Wired magazine and the now chief executive and co-founder of drone maker 3-D Robotics said that he expects heavy restrictions on the usage of drones.
It is significant for the sake of every individual to develop aviation laws for these modern devices as soon as possible. Mainly because they are currently free to fly almost everywhere, which is a very sensitive threat to the public privacy.
While on the other hand, soon the air will have lesser space to offer since every major company is following the lead of others to meet the latest technical marketing strategies; at that stage it will be hard to avoid aerial accidents amongst these flying robots. We have evolved enough to foresee the matter hence the laws should also be defined beforehand to avoid as many intrusions and accidents as possible.