Amazon to Test Drone Deliveries In India

Drones have come a long way from being just automatic, remotely controlled killing machines. Not very long ago, the search giant Google tested drones for deliveries via drones and has tested successfully. This idea of transporting packages through the air via an unmanned flying robot in a matter of hours has become notably rampant.

Amazon, the online retailer, is purportedly ready to test deliveries by drones in India – a country where regulations on the autonomous unmanned robots are lesser.

According to reports by the Economic Times, the e-retailer will launch the said service in Bangalore and Mumbai – cities where Amazon has its warehouses. Amazon made its drone delivery debut last December, the “Prime Air,” displaying its abilities to deliver packages without requiring traditional shipping routes – and quickly as well, to top it all.

The said conception, however, reached a standstill in the U.S. market because drones in the U.S. market need federal approval – regardless of their commercial agenda. A bunch of agencies, in the U.S., are in charge of overseeing drones.

While the Federal Aviation Authority supervises the airspace, the Federal Communications Commission is in charge of reviewing the communication frequencies that are required to guide the unmanned robots. The privacy guidelines are developed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Much less acquaintance with the autonomous aircrafts has India, and while Amazon has been petitioning the U.S. regulators for a relaxation in the rules, it has to face little contradiction and little governmental regulations in India. Diwali, a festival which is tantamount to an Eid day for the Hindus is the event Amazon has in mind to launch the service in.

The chosen time is a genius decision, as Diwali is accompanied by a major shopping holiday in the country and will most probably prove industrious for Amazon. More important is a successful drone delivery and the corresponding major publicity draw for Amazon as it has been at loggerheads with its online rival Flipkart for supremacy in the Indian market.

With set designs and a rivalry in motion, Amazon had started working – according to the people acquainted with the said matter, the company is all set in developing a drones that would be capable of carrying packages up to 2.26 kilograms, roughly five pounds. 90 minutes to 3 hours – that is the said time to deliver products such as books and mobiles. If it remains successful, the country’s online stores would definitely be one of the very first benefiters of the technology.

The Use of Drones in Disney’s Theme Parks

As the years go by, manned systems are slowly being wiped out. The perfection and smoothness in motion, achieved by a programmed robot, will always win over a hand handled arrangement. No matter what genre of entertainment it is, automated machines always prove to be either compulsory, or helpful. Parks are a huge source of entertainment, but how can the motion of a programmed robot be used in an amusement park?

Disney’s theme parks have always been wonderful, with attractions filled with fantasy, thrilling rides, and loveable characters. Interestingly, they could soon add to their parks with another toy – at least that’s how they are using them – the drones. They can be used to hold projection screening systems, control attractive aerial lighting displays, and most importantly, to move giant three dimensional animated puppets.

Disney’s patent applications, filed in 2013, gave the excited fans a little idea of how the drones could be used, in an effort to improve the quality of the entertainment the park offers. The most outstanding one of these was the idea to control the puppets in a whole new way.

The patent gives the picture, as to how the puppets could swing in the middle air, moving according the creatively choreographed routine of the drones. They further described, that a specific flight plan will be set for them, in which they will move, with sensors to acknowledge them of the presence of a nearby drone, avoiding collisions. Moreover, drones could handle puppet shows that are on a much bigger scale, with larger animated structures and characters. With the flawless settings of the show, it could be a completely magical, super-sized display.

As far as the drones’ intelligence is concerned, they have stated that it would be enough to overcome any minor disturbance that could tingle with the movements. For example, a gust of wind comes waving by, it could destroy the whole show if adequate precautions had not been taken. However, the drones will be programmed to synchronize their movements accordingly against the wind, to maintain the flow of the puppet movements.

The patent states that this will act as a significant reform in the movements of vital flying characters, which were usually suspended with balloons filled with hot air, having minimal and/or awkward motion in any moveable part. However, the drones will control any character, in the desired manner. Disney’s expectations are high and same goes for the people who are anxiously waiting for the technology to reach the public market to film using drones.

Air Traffic System For The Drones

NASA is busy working on complicated air traffic systems solely with regards to drones – or any aircraft that chooses to fly below 400ft. Drones have now become a means for commercial business – people have started engaging this unmanned autonomous robot for deliveries and the like.

With such an advent, more and more people are apt to send drones soaring into the sky – for both consumer and commercial reasons – and measures need to be taken to secure the future possibilities. The said system is to include requirements that will stop drones from flying into other aircraft and buildings, not excluding the classic no-fly zones.

Parimal H. Kopardekar, a principal investigator from NASA, explained the vitality of this system while speaking to the New York Times. He said that they (the drones) could be kept safe one at a time, but that there is no infrastructure to support it when you have a number of them (drones) in operation in the same airspace.

The point to be noted here is that the system, for the time being, will have no direct communication with an off-the-shelf drone and that it is essentially designed for the control of commercial drones. Google’s “Wing” Project and Amazon Prime Air are examples of said commercial drones.

The principal concern in question is that of security and privacy. As the number of people sending drones up into the sky increase, a red-light of doubt and uncertainty blinks – what will stop the amateur drone operators from not descending into chaos? What will make sure that these autonomous flying aircrafts do not cause mischief and collateral damage at that? Drones are unmanned – they might be subject to remote operation or solely rely on their embedded plans that work in conjunction with GPS?

Since drones are unmanned, it all comes down to the people operating them. And the idea of a lot of people operating a lot of drones from a faraway land is not a pleasant one. What guarantee is there that these people might not use drones for means that are other than commercial? What guarantees safety and privacy? With the snowballing ratio of terrorist groups the concern expressed by Kopardekar is more significant and substantial. What ails us is the fear of the unknown – the uncertainties of what tomorrow will bring for us with these drones freely flying in the sky above us.