UPS experimenting with delivery drones, set to challenge Amazon's Prime Air

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Returntosender, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

  2. mixyo

    mixyo Active Member

    Will I get to load the drone???
  3. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member According to Colin Guinn, the North American CEO for the drone manufacturer DJI, "A company like Amazon or UPS could have a safe, operational fleet in 18-24 months," he tells The Verge. "What we need in terms of tech is improved object detection and avoidance, because GPS coordinates alone won’t cut it if you got a car or some kids in the driveway."

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

  5. raceanoncr

    raceanoncr Well-Known Member

    In response to the OPs title: I thought UPS has had "Delivery Drones" for the last 1oo years.?
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    QKRSTKR Active Member

    I sure can see driver follow ups going thru the roof. Just follow the drone. Pretty simple. That or will the drone leave a info notice? This just seems stupid. Don't throw packages or drop from more than 30ft in the air. Maybe we can just load small airplanes and have neighborhood drop zoned. Just doesn't seem very efficient.
  7. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    I only see these things being useful in rural areas with very light weight items.
  8. bmwmc

    bmwmc Active Member

    14 million drones in the air a day. I can wait to see how it bags a box in the wind.
  9. hurricanegunner

    hurricanegunner UPSPoop

    Let's see the drones deliver Bowflex machines or futons.
  10. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Not with the hillbillies in my area. They would b tripping over each other to get a chance to shoot at it. Good luck
  11. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    That's a fake picture. Someone (poorly) photoshopped an amazon drone picture to replace an amazon logo with a ups logo and to hide the amazon arrow/smile logo on the other side. Here is the original real photo:

  12. East coast navy

    East coast navy Veteran

    All it takes is one crashing on a a little kid. Bye bye drones!!
  13. alwaysoverallowed

    alwaysoverallowed Active Member

    This is the main reason it isn't feisable. That and the first time one of them dropped off a package in the hood the drone would be missing. Also I do not plan on expecting the unexpected when I have an accident with one of these. Quick someone come up with a ten point commentary on drone operation. I'll start...count 1,2,3 when the drone in front of you has taken off. Would it then be look left, right, left, up, down, left, right, then up A, B, select, start?
  14. bmwmc

    bmwmc Active Member

    I think eventually some kind of automated service will catch up to us, we drivers. Whether its automated trucks crapping packages at the top of driveways or pick up centers UPS will find away to get rid of the most expensive cost they have. It probably won't be for another 10 years and I'll be long since retired . I really feel for the rest coming behind us as this island of a middle class job disappears.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    Hey, but during peak season items could be dropped straight down the chimney for a fee. "Santa???"
  16. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    UPS will find a way to cut their labor costs by implementing a two-tiered wage system in 2018. New drivers will start off at a lower wage, have a longer progression and a lower top out rate. They will also pay for a portion of their healthcare.

    FedEx Ground will be a major player in 2018 thus forcing UPS and the Union to work together to ensure we remain competitive and financially viable.
  17. MassWineGuy

    MassWineGuy Well-Known Member

    What UPS should really be researching is how to jam the signals of the Amazon drones. or how to ram their drones with the UPS drones. I think the whole drone delivery idea will last about 10 minutes after it begins. And I'm sure the Teamsters won't just sit idley by and watch driver jobs vanish.
  18. ImWaitingForTheDay

    ImWaitingForTheDay Annoy a conservative....Think for yourself

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  19. Lineandinitial

    Lineandinitial Active Member

    Never happen. Good publicity for Amazon though