Thoughts on drones...Really?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by quad decade guy, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. quad decade guy

    quad decade guy Active Member

    So, I saw a picture of the Fed-Ex drone...It sure looks complicated-lots of moving parts.

    And then I got to thinking about how UPS really is: plain, ugly brown, bare minimums

    on everything. At our hub, we can't keep a toilet running. Spend 10 minutes around any

    UPS operation and you will know how filthy and worn out anything is. OK.

    Most folks don't understand that drones will be heavily regulated by the FAA. No duct

    tape and bailing wire for aircraft. I have no doubt drones and robotics are the future.

    And without being able to go a whole day without some sort of incident in delivery

    operations. And drones?.....propellers, 3 dimensional flight...really?

    I just don't see how our(anyone else's) delivery model will work without a real size

    (at least) helicopter size drone with an aircraft carrier size mother ship. I am a pilot,

    plane owner, Certified Aircraft Mechanic and very familiar with the FAA regs and how

    flying works.

    Think about what it takes to deliver a pizza-employee, car all that. Weight is the bane

    of any aircraft. What about the customer that wants to add 2 or three gallons of soda to

    that pizza order. Can you imagine a car size drone appearing at your front door? Don't

    think so? You have no idea about aerodynamics, physics and payloads.

    I'm sure there are things that are going on with drone technology that I am not privy to.

    But really?
  2. Maple Grove MN Driver

    Maple Grove MN Driver Cocaine Mang!

    You seem bitter
  3. coolslice

    coolslice Member

    I don't believe drones will have any impact in the next couple of years, BUT UPS has the money to put into the technology and almost certainly at some point they will be implemented to some extent. It's pretty clear that UPS is serious about technology and automation as being a very prominent part of the operation going forward.

    IMHO, UPS is in the transition period of moving away from an experienced, tenured, traditional workforce. They are moving more towards a workforce that is more transient, for lack of a better word. Workers will be paid less, and less will be expected of them. Turnover will be high, but expectations will be lower due to the increased technology and automation taking away the critical thinking aspects of the job.
  4. KOG72

    KOG72 I’m full of it

    These ol’country boys are gonna be going skeet shooting down here
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  5. MyTripisCut

    MyTripisCut Dumpster, INABAG

    You get your withdrawal card yet scabby dick?
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  6. Maple Grove MN Driver

    Maple Grove MN Driver Cocaine Mang!

    That is harsh
  7. MyTripisCut

    MyTripisCut Dumpster, INABAG

    He’s the one that thinks the union doesn’t do anything for him.
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  8. Maple Grove MN Driver

    Maple Grove MN Driver Cocaine Mang!

    Who cares if he thinks that.

    It is called having an opinion. Attacking people that have different opinions is silly and unproductive.
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  9. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    They started here two weeks ago and laid off 10 drivers so far . Two more next week if all goes well .
  10. Brown Biscuit

    Brown Biscuit Blind every day

    I’m ignoring this scab idiot.
  11. TearsInRain

    TearsInRain IE boogeyman

    drones are for NDA and critical care smalls basically, our highest revenue volume
  12. PASinterference

    PASinterference Yes, I know I'm working late.

    Until somebody decides to put just 10 extra stops on it to cut a route. A drone can always do more, just like a driver. Right?
  13. Fred's Myth

    Fred's Myth Nonhyphenated American

    Everyone seems to ignore the support system that drone delivery requires. Operators, maintenance, programmers, storage, etc., not to mention the original equipment investment.
    You can’t hand an envelope to a drone for autonomous delivery like you can a courier.
    Tremendous stumbling blocks to viability.
  14. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    Kinda like Orion? If there is money to be wasted on it, it will happen.
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  15. GenericUsername

    GenericUsername Active Member

    So basically our Saturday operation, right? That's what we were pitched at the beginning why we were doing Saturday ground. Now it's just like any other day in terms of what I'm delivering. Poop boxes here, Comcast crap there. It's been almost a month since I've seen a critical package on a Saturday.
  16. Ghost in the Darkness

    Ghost in the Darkness Well-Known Member

    Tell that to the rookie drivers waiting in the long line with the union steward to get their daily butt chewing in the office.
  17. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    They have money for drones, but no money for toilet paper?
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  18. Ghost in the Darkness

    Ghost in the Darkness Well-Known Member

    Just think of all the money they save when they say "we can't order uniforms".
  19. Heavy Package

    Heavy Package Well-Known Member

    Actual photo of UPS drone supervisor interview

  20. TearsInRain

    TearsInRain IE boogeyman

    sat ground had almost nothing to do with critical care volume

    it was like 3-4 big name shippers, like best buy and amazon, that said they’d drop us if we didn’t