UPS also researching the use of unmanned drones for package delivery

By Shawn Knight · 16 replies
Dec 4, 2013
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  1. Amazon may have captured headlines this week with their drone delivery service but they aren’t the only ones exploring the use of autonomous vehicles to help get packages to customers. The world’s largest parcel service, UPS, is also reportedly experimenting...

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  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    I have a feeling this is going to be a fun experiment, I really want to see a drone deliver a Graphics card to my front door!
  3. bob333

    bob333 TS Enthusiast Posts: 56   +15

    Oh great, now we have dodge these flying things or prepare ourselves to beheaded.
  4. This is for nothing more than Public Relations.
    Neither company will implement this, every state has different laws about drones, there are privacy issues, gust of wind/rain/snow/cold issues, theft issues, damage to the unit issues, damage to personal property issues and more.
    The more you talk about it, the more their Public Relations wins. Smart idea, I'd tip my hat to that.
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  5. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    I don't think it would be practical or efficient for each company to home deliver their products with drones. Amazon is not really in the delivery business. Amazon would probably be better off doing what they do and letting UPS, FEDEX etc. worry about drone home delivery. They seem much better setup for it and it also seems a natural evolution of their business model.
  6. "It can't be done! It can't be done!"

    Yeah ok
  7. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I'd love to see some drone on drone combat.
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  8. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    I am glad I wasn't the only one thinking of taking one out with a battle modded Parrot AR drone :D

    As to all the it's not viable etc. travel back in time 400 years and discus space travel with your new peers - you will fit right in!
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,702

    If drones ever get to the point of what we currently see as entertaining in combat, I highly doubt at that time you will find it entertaining. I never want to see drone combat!
  10. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    These technological ideas are great but it will take at least 5 years before it is watertight to all the issues people can sum up and before it is accepted by consumers... This is practically the same as Autonomous driving vehicles. The technology started like 10 years maybe even more years ago but was never implemented because of consumer acceptance. Nowadays a lot of the technology is already implemented in smaller parts in vehicles (e.g. City safety from Volvo) and the consumer is now accepting these technological ideas more than when it started. Soon companies like volvo are implementing full autonomous driving vehicles to the market while being accepted. The same will happen for these unmanned delivery bots...
  11. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    You don't want to see a grumpy UPS Drone becoming late for his next delivery? :D
  12. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    Never gonna happen...
    Although, would be great target practice.
  13. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    Guess people should start wearing protective head gear... I can foresee lawsuits over this
  14. Exactly! I can't wait for the first lawsuit to be filed when one of these things goes down and hits someone, or cause a 20 car pile up when it crashes onto a freeway.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,702

    People will make lawsuits for any reason. Why should this be any different?

    Here is a few examples:
    • Customer sues because coffee was sold hot, and they burned them self, when they irresponsibly spilled the cup.
    • Customer sues because their child chokes on an object, that wasn't labeled "not safe for age group".
    • Burglar sues for being shot in the house they are robbing.
    • Company sues for damages over verbal comments.
    I'm sure there will be a few id-iots want to derail this project for a quick buck. It has been our way of life for longer than I have been alive.
  16. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    But majority of those suits are moronic. If a drone is carrying a package and by accident the package falls on top of your head and injures you, then that makes more of a valid case then some of the examples you have listed. But yes, people do sue for anything and everything.

    Anyway this system looks highly inefficient to me and not exactly cost effective. Obviously it will take time before it's all polished out.
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,702

    Somehow, I doubt that will be an issue. If they are moronic enough to send out a technology that will drop packages, they will deserve any lawsuits they encounter.

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