The drones are here

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by dmac1, Oct 1, 2019.

  1. dmac1

    dmac1 Well-Known Member

    UPS got approval to use drones

    I think it makes sense to use drones for the remote locations, but that is exactly where bubba will shoot them down. Also not sure of the range capability, but I delivered in an area where 10-40 mile roundtrips from a main highway to make 1 delivery were not uncommon. 5-10 miles of the circuit was very common. I don't think UPS was approved to make residential deliveries yet, but did read that they intend to 'fully integrate' the use of drones into their service.
     
  2. bacha29

    bacha29 Well-Known Member

    You know Bubba's philosophy when it come to personal weaponry .......If you can't bring down a helicopter with it......it isn't worth having....Drones ? They won't even find those sporting .
     
  3. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    They actually got approved as a drone airline...….bigger!!
     
  4. Operational needs

    Operational needs Virescit Vulnere Virtus

    That should be interesting to see those drones deliver the 125 lb flat packed furniture, or the mattress in a box. Lol.
     
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  5. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    It'll keep the drones from unionizing.
     
  6. dmac1

    dmac1 Well-Known Member

    I think I read that there was a 55 lb limit. Don't remember if it includes the drone in max weight.
     
  7. Nolimitz

    Nolimitz Well-Known Member

    So how long does it take for a drone to fly 10-40 miles while your sitting on your :censored2: waiting for it to return to your truck? surely if you have those types of deliveries you are a ways away from any station/hub/depot what ever you want to call it
     
  8. dmac1

    dmac1 Well-Known Member

    Couldn't you go make some deliveries and program it to return to the terminal, or maybe where you will be in 40 minutes? And I had deliveries on one of my routes that were as far from the town I was delivering in as it was to the terminal. Kind of a triangle- 15 miles from the town, then 15 miles down the road, and maybe 17 miles back to the terminal. And where I live now, there is a Express terminal, and I am sure that there are deliveries that could be made out on some farm roads where few peope live for much cheaper than sending out a separate vehicle. I used to have deliveries up 20 miles to a ranger station on a mountain in a national forest, and even if I had to wait, it would still be faster than driving the winding twisting roads, especially when they were snow or ice covered.
     
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  9. 59 Dano

    59 Dano I just want to make friends!

    Good grief, people are overthinking this.
     
  10. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I just got my underwear delivered by drone . They dropped it in the pool by mistake .
     
  11. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Gosh y'all are just droning on and on about it.
     
  12. Route 66

    Route 66 Slapped Upside-da-Head Member

    Someone’s going to end up losing an eye, I just know it. :pirate:
     
  13. burrheadd

    burrheadd KING Of GIFS

    You keep working

    It’ll find you
     
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  14. dmac1

    dmac1 Well-Known Member

    Next up on required equipment for contractors- multiple drones so fedex can keep up with the competition, because of customer 'requirement' like the requirement to use a scanner so customers can track their packages.

    And if fedex ground starts using drones, do they then become an airline???? Probably doesn't matter, because at that point there won't be need for contractors. Fedex can just say bye-bye to all contractors due a a change in their business model. drones can't form a union.
     
  15. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    I doubt drivers/couriers will ever carry drones around. Most likely will be launched from and returned to the warehouse/building/station.
     
  16. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Mistake? I thought you always dropped your underwear before getting into the pool.
     
  17. Route 66

    Route 66 Slapped Upside-da-Head Member

    Nah!, how do ya think he gets the doo stains out??
     
  18. dmac1

    dmac1 Well-Known Member

    In a large part of the country, terminals would be too far for a drone flight to get to the delivery location. But drones could make it more reasonable to set up locations wherever there is a small airport and fly drones from there. I'm thinking of one of my old service areas about 50 miles from the terminal that had a small airport, and most of the deliveries outside the town itself required maybe 10 miles of driving each on average, and as much as 1 hour or much more between stops. I could manage an average of maybe 40-50 stops while driving 350 miles, in about 9 hours of driving after a couple years learning all the back roads, logging roads, forest service roads and unnamed, unmaintained private roads.. When I left, my replacements kept getting fired for maybe doing 25 a day including the 10-20 in town deliveries on a daily basis. Most of those rural deliveries were withing a 10 mile radius of the airport, but would require a lot of driving. Frones would probably be cheaper, as long as GPS was decent. It is easily possible that even after paying for the drone, a contractor could save money 4-5 drones at the airfield could do the work twice as fast.
     
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  19. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member


    Gee I wonder why the GPS location shows it right here above Bubba's house? and the 7 high def navigation cameras transmitted images showing Bubba P Jones clearly shooting at our drone, hello FAA.... I think the shooting out of the sky arguments are not vary valid, now I wouldn't rule out radio interference/jamming/hacking to cause chaos..
     
  20. Nolimitz

    Nolimitz Well-Known Member

    last I knew you could not fly a drone any where near an airport? Large or small.