Get Your Shotguns Ready. Amazon Air Is Coming

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Overpaid Union Thug, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

  2. 1BROWNWRENCH

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    From the looks of them, I'd say #2s would be just right.
     
  3. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    There's a long discussion about this here...

    http://www.browncafe.com/community/threads/amazon-to-deliver-via-drones.353749/

    I still have my doubts about this. I know it CAN be done. It's just that there's so many things that will get in Amazons way. The potential problems involved will keep this illegal.

    These problems include...

    -Crowding air space
    -Theft of drones, as well as their package
    -Targeting drones
    -The hacking of drones
    -Malfunctioning drones falling to ground

    If somehow Amazon succeeded in getting this legal, we UPSers have a problem. A large portion of our work force will be safe, but a good chunk of us would be gone. Think of the Amazon packages you handle each day. They are like 30-40% of my daily load.
     
  4. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    Drones have both limited range and limited payload. There is no technology that will be available in the forseeable future that would allow a drone to replace us.
     
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  5. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    The article says that the drone can carry a payload of "up to 5 lbs"

    That means one trip, one drop, then back to the center to reload/refuel.

    I can see this as an extremely limited same day/on demand service for crowded urban areas.

    I can also...maybe... visualize a future system involving a feeder-type truck with a driver who parks in a central location and spends the day "feeding" packages to multiple drones who make their drops and then return to the truck to reload/refuel.

    The drones cant go indoors, they cant collect signatures, they cant do pickups and they cant handle large items, bulk stops or heavy packages. They also cannot function in excessively windy conditions. None of these limitations can be overcome by any technology that will be available in our lifetimes.
     
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  6. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    down here in the South the Rednecks would have a Field Day shooting down Drones
     
  7. Crazy Diamond

    Crazy Diamond Robot Extraordinaire

    So what you're saying is, Upstate's daughter shouldn't expect her Bounty Double Ply rolls to land by r/c helicopter anytime soon, right?


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  8. blkmamba

    blkmamba Active Member

    I would have to think the cost of having a drone deliver a package would be ridiculously expensive. Especially considering you have to pay people to pilot the drones. Seems way to costly to br worth it, otherwise ups would already be doing it.
     
  9. soberups

    soberups Pees in the brown Koolaid

    Ultimately, the goal would be an unmanned drone that could utilize GPS technology. This is the only way that drones could ever represent any sort of a threat to our jobs. But even if the computer technology is eventually developed to safely fly and navigate the drone without human assistance, you are still running into the brick wall of power-to-weight ratio in terms of the drone being able to carry a meaningful amount of cargo. Having a greater lift capacity requires a more powerful motor...which weighs more than a small motor and uses more fuel...which adds even more weight and size to the equipment....which in turn requires even more power. I simply cannot imagine drone deliveries ever representing more than a miniscule percentage of our daily delivery volume.
     
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  10. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member


    By stating this, would you have a problem if someone stated that a racial term for a black person would have a field day stealing them bother you?
     
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  11. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    yawn.jpeg
     
  12. scisector9

    scisector9 Active Member

    Drone shmone. Good luck Amazon. We are a very long way off from this. I think a self driving car or tractor trailer will come before drones. Only markets that would be affected would be the big cities and even then its not cost effective. I call bs PR stunt.

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  13. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member


    It's always a different story when you're offended, isn't it?
     
  14. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    Rednecks dont offend me mate.
     
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  15. Pull....bang
     
  16. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    at the risk of offending white people,Rednecks et al I present Mr Jeff Foxworthy who has made a Kings Fortune on the phrase" You might be a Redneck" If the moderators find this racially offensive please remove it.
     
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  17. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Lmao....Harry....You are awesome!!!
     
  18. upsgrunt

    upsgrunt Well-Known Member

    Who cares what he thinks!
    Just like I don't care what you think.

    (in response to 728)
     
  19. Ya'll Didn't offend,this Yankee
     
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  20. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Yank this...lol
     
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