Amazon Prime Air

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Gorn, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY

    So the FAA is supposed to approve this?

    Is it just me, or does the possibility of kids getting their fingers cut off seem like a problem?
  2. PAC

    PAC Banned

    Nov 22, 2013
    Is that not the COOLEST thing you ever saw. I love it.


  3. JFOC


    Oct 23, 2010
    new hampShire
    This was on 60 minutes last night. They have the technology to do deliveries atm but due to the aforementioned limb loss risk the CEO projected "optimistically 5 years"
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It is cool, but I doubt it's gonna happen. Finger loss is a problem, and a-hole teenagers throwing rocks at it could also potentially be an issue.
  5. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Let's see -- major online retailer proposes whacky stunt exactly at the start of the prime shopping season...

    No, I don't see any promotional value there... [/sarcasm]

    It doesn't have to be real (a news story proposing something similar in Sillycon Valley appeared a couple of months ago) it just has to put the brand on the front page...
  6. Or red neck hunting :bag:

  7. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Never say never, drones could wind up doing such things, but under current federal law, operating a drone in US airspace for commercial purposes is illegal without the proper permits, which are currently not being issued.

    Before any commercial use will be considered we first have to cut up our airspace for the law enforcement drone assault which is coming just as sure as the sun rises. There are currently thousands of air space variance requests before the FAA. From what I've heard, it's just a matter of the FAA finalizing a jurisdictional boundary map. And don't worry about small departments being able to afford drones, our Uncle has grant money available for local and state LE agencies for the purchase of drones. It's basically a 21st century version of the old LEPA grant program which ran in the early 70's. Loads of federal dollars to beef up law enforcement, but in this version it will be strictly for the purchase and maintenance of drones as well as training for operators.

    In the grand American tradition, our Uncle will never let a profitable technology developed in wartime go to waste once the war is over.

    Oh and BTW, check your local municipal code and you are liable to find there are already provisions making interfering with a drone the same as interfering with a police officer in the discharge of their duties.
  8. ^ So how long before there are sufficient [DEL]kickbacks[/DEL] campaign donations to change those laws in favor of allowing drone deliveries?
  9. I just hope I live long enough to see them implemented; then the creative people out there can figure out how to electronically hijack one and replace it's delivery with a box of poo, or shoot one down, or use an EMP to knock it out of the sky, or just steal the whole drone. Awesome.

    There is no way to stop technology from taking more jobs from humans. I wonder if the guys in brown foresee a threat to the livelihoods of future delivery guys? Sooner than the transporter 200 years from now anyway.
  10. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I was thinking the same thing. What prevents someone from grabbing the thing before it takes off and keeping it? I'm sure there's a gps but someone could probably take that out real quick and then they have their own drone. They're not gonna know you took it. Who's to say a gang of rabble rousing youths didn't run up and grab it
  11. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    That's what technology is meant to do. I've read enough to be convinced that the age of "jobs" is coming to an end, and as long as we embrace it and adapt our economy it'll be an opportunity for people to simply work on what they WANT instead of needing people to spend their days driving to houses in a truck of boxes.
  12. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

  13. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA

    Lol, you serious?
  14. Just put a big ol' magnet in your garden, steal all your neighbours mail.
  15. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    What about arming it with a machine gun?

  16. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I see Jimmy John's all over this.
  17. Gonna give thieves and teenagers a new target
  18. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I hate the idea of a further intrusion into our public space.
  19. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I hope it gets approved. I'll build a landing pad on my roof for it. Awesome!

  20. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I think this dude nailed it.