Amazon Says Drone Delivery Months Away

The online shopping giant did not give a specific timeline.

June 7, 2019
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I'll be honest, I don't like this idea at all; drones making home deliveries. I enjoy sitting outside in my backyard with my doggies listening to the birds, the kids playing, the dogs barking and now a DRONE FLYING BY? No thank you. Sigh. But how do you stop technology? Sigh again.

Well now drone deliveries are coming soon, according to Amazon, which said that it plans to have drones making deliveries to people’s homes “within months.”

Amazon didn’t say, however, where the drones would be operating and exactly when they’d go into operation. Jeff Wilke, who oversees Amazon’s retail business, said the company’s new drones use computer vision and machine learning to detect and avoid people or objects in backyards when landing. They are fully electric, can fly up to 15 miles and deliver in 30 minutes, and can carry packages of up to five pounds. Wilke said the company is working with several regulatory agencies to get approval, stating, “We expect to do it within months.”

I don't like it. Would it be wrong for me to hope this fails? Two reasons: 1) we are outsourcing deliveries to a robot 2) these things are intrusive, same way I feel about Love Bugs! I hate them. Sigh. ~grace