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The Battle To Develop USA's First Delivery Drone

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Game of Drones: The battle between rival companies to launch the first commercial delivery drone service For similar stories, see: Drones: How UAVs Are Taking Over Our Airspace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mLS0za9-Dk Early Drones? The UK's Amazing Radar-Controlled Helicopters from the 1970s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8pYsGLxlhA Rise of the Machines: The Military Drones are Coming Home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20JCGDwBt7A Subscribe to journeyman for daily uploads: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=journeymanpictures For downloads and more information visit: https://www.journeyman.tv/film/6774/game-of-drones Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/journeymanpictures Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JourneymanVOD https://twitter.com/JourneymanNews Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/journeymanpictures Piloted by an ever-expanding army of hobbyists, drones are quickly filling our skies. Now huge companies are looking to separate the pilots from the machines for a new era of unmanned transportation. "I see a not too distant future where drone deliveries are ubiquitous, where a drone delivering a package to you or your neighbour is more common than a postman or Fedex van", says Matt Sweeny, the young CEO of Flirtey. His ambitions have seen his small company, working out of the University of Nevada, lock horns with the likes of Google and Amazon in this generation's airspace race. "You see technology that is so incredibly transformative that you realise you're on the cusp of something that could be enormous" says Michael Drobac of the Small UAV Coalition. But will such drastic change come at a cost to public safety? "These are dense heavy metal pieces that will wreak havoc on an aircraft... there is going to be a significant event" says Airline Pilots association president, Tim Canoll. ABC Australia – Ref. 6774 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.
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S L (5 months ago)
The only drones I'd trust are those used by a U.S military. Those have killed many terrorists.
news1st (6 months ago)
https://youtu.be/OoryT7Y0eXQ Enemies Both Foreign and Domestic
Victor Baez (8 months ago)
Never say never, if they put the control of delivery drones into the hands of the consumer as an alternate option to having the business sending their own drone, where each buyer controls their own drone, sends it to mcdonalds or the supermarket, with a built in order and payment, electronically, and use the technology of proximity sensors, gps, and radio frequencing, they can essentially help people feel more secure about having their own fetch me this drone. We already have smart phones, and drones like the dji stark is already pretty smart in avoiding collisions and absticles and already commercailly available to the general consumer. Things can only get better and better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74Cm1p3fr0g There can be a systematic way using proximity and rf to avoid collissions between one drone and another.
John C Gibson (11 months ago)
Yeah, but, like planes, many people try their best to avoid flying with airlines, even if you see planes in the sky on a daily basis. Walking to the grocery store is healthier to your body than having everything delivered.
William Guy Thilgen Jr. (1 year ago)
Cool idea, excuse the pun but it won't fly. Yes, in a desert under ideal weather conditions it works. But in a windy, rainy busy city with a variety of drone delivery systrm sll flying in the same air space as kids flying kites. Accidents are gonba happen.
sequoyah59 (1 year ago)
Not practical. Neat, intriguing and all that but not practical. So many places in this country have 20 plus knot winds so many days as just one example of a problem. Can't see it being reliable.
nicktk (1 year ago)
OK....get my new fridge from the online shop. :)
Inforsiss Electronical (1 year ago)
Rubbish get out here
Organic Beast (1 year ago)
This maybe possible in a very civilized society where people won't indulge in all sorts of foul play with the delivery drone. Delivering to a senior citizens community would be safe I hope :p
Akira (1 year ago)
pffff drone delivery will never be legal where i live
Swagoo 21 (1 year ago)
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rob M. (1 year ago)
I'm surprised to read so many Luddite fear-prediction-comments. 1) similar Drones have *been tested /used for small-medical-emergency delivery* 2) Jobs : the novel "The Grapes of Wrath" showed tractors =farming jobs lost, yet- by that logic, tractors & trucks are bad :: if u like truck delivery, u can't have it both ways.
Malaka Dharmasiri (1 year ago)
2:37 howard wolowitz
Ken C (1 year ago)
What's going to stop a terrorist from loading one of these things with bombs and landing it on a public area or even the White House? There will be no more need for suicide bombers. Very dangerous in the wrong hands.
bernardakoito (2 years ago)
battery power will be the first issue
DS (2 years ago)
It can never happen. Property rights in the U.S. stop it. You own property up to 1,999.99 feet then the FAA has jurisdiction unless in a terminal or designated area. To fly over anyone's property could be trespass and lawsuits will follow. BTW-airspace is owned and that is how high rise condo's are sold. You are buying a piece of air.
S L (5 months ago)
The drone just needs to fly higher, or above the highway. I'd imagine people would be willing to waive their property rights to get drone deliveries.
Kravesin (2 years ago)
Great choice of music lol.
RobinHoodAZ (2 years ago)
What are the benefits of having a drone deliver a package? If they deliver one at a time, it seems like it would require swarms to work.
Durolec (2 years ago)
Worst of anything, they can be use by our enemies to deliver a terrorist attack disguised in an Amazon labeled pakage. Bad idea
Lisa Toll (2 years ago)
That's going to be awesome
Wade Pederson (2 years ago)
pneumatic tubing ran to every house seems more practical in my opinion!
Jag S (2 years ago)
sounds good
alfamonk (2 years ago)
if we take a step back...what is the benefit here over an electric delivery truck? one small package, delivered by one drone at a time, in good weather only...stop leveraging technology to simply make money! - put it to good use for a fucking change.
jose carlo (2 years ago)
so i will get fired and the drone will take my place at fedex niceeeee
Wisdom Offered (2 years ago)
i hope this doesnt happen! because of the wildlife, and privacy
Angelo Stevens (2 years ago)
Not until there are some massive breakthroughs in battery energy density. You'd probably need a 300% increase in energy density to weight, minimum, to make these viable and even then, you'd be limited to lighter packages. Nobody's delivering an 80lb gas grill, an 80" TV, or your patio furniture with a drone.
Keepskatin (2 years ago)
Drones are not cost effective. They can carry only one package at a time,a human delivery man can carry thousands of packages in a truck . a drone requires a human to delivery and monitor the delivery,a human delivery man does not. a drone has to fly one package and return to it's flight package storage to pick up one package again. It's just not practical,nor cost effective. There is also the complications of delivering in areas with lots of trees and powerlines. A drone can not delivery in rain and wind,but a human driver can. The only use I see for these drones are specialized non frequent deliveries to estates,to rich people who don't mind paying extra for drone delivery. There is also no signature verification with drone delivery.
Adios Addiction (1 year ago)
5 years tops in the US, less for Europe.
Angelo Stevens (2 years ago)
+Keepskatin Well nobody's saying some things won't have to change. FAA regulations will have to change as well. Bottom line is, there are no practical reasons aside from battery energy density why this can't work. Autonomous flight is straight forward. Coming up with urban drop off systems is straight forward. Changing laws and regulations is as well. All of this hinges on the ability for these drones to carry enough power to make it practical to deliver multiple packages of moderate weight for a hundred miles or so. Midway charging points could be set up so that they can recharge between deliveries. The hardest problem to solve is the battery tech.
Keepskatin (2 years ago)
+Angelo Stevens Rooftop drops? Many apartments and businesses have restriction to rooftops,to prevent suicide and crime. So every time a person in a residential complex has a package,they need access to the rooftop? It's ridiculous. Also what about heavy packages? Drones have an extremely light weight load. Drones are also very noisy,so larger drones would not be welcomed, that can hold weight greater than 5 lbs. Bottom line is this will stay a specialized form of premium delivery. Automated drones will require such a huge amount of maintenance,and complex software program,not possible in the real world environment. It will cost more to maintain and use drones delivery,than paying a human driver.
Angelo Stevens (2 years ago)
+Keepskatin Only at the present. Won't be much longer before they're autonomous. Urban areas can have rooftop drop-off points. Will they work for 100% of people? No but they don't have to in order to be viable. "Even if drone could carry 7 packages,which they can never do unless it's documents or feather weight items." They can when they have higher energy density storage technologies which is what I mentioned before.
Keepskatin (2 years ago)
+Angelo Stevens 75 drones require 75 people to man them. A single delivery man can delivery much quicker than 75 people manning drones. Drone flight requires specialized delivery zones,not possible in an urban/metropolitan environment. Heavy items also can not be carried by drones. It's just not cost effective now,nor in the future,except in rural areas. Even if drone could carry 7 packages,which they can never do unless it's documents or feather weight items.
Omar Garcia (2 years ago)
That never is going to work...
Adios Addiction (1 year ago)
It will be some years, such as five years in the US when most of deliveries will be done like this. In Europe it will be sooner.
AYPchat (1 year ago)
In the future people who own drones or other robots that can carry out work won't have to work...
CryptoWizard (2 years ago)
+GameDev “Burnes” Byrne lol how would you even know where to wait haha but ok say u have a gun in a desert and saw one flying than yes but like i said this wont be common.. cameras dude cameras.. plus ppl are bitches these days lol
CryptoWizard (2 years ago)
+GameDev “Burnes” Byrne that rope droppoing the package is working it out.. also the drone will have a zone 'inside the property' where they will drop it.. so stealing it will come with trespassing lol
CryptoWizard (2 years ago)
+GameDev “Burnes” Byrne it will happen but not on a regular basis they are aware of that and will work it out
JPD (2 years ago)
Target practice will be a lot more fun now. My 12 gauge is loaded.
Adios Addiction (1 year ago)
You're naïve, the camera info will be sent to a center as evidence and drone being shot at will instantly get air support from a network of guard drones standing by. The problem with this technology is the unemployment initially and later the 1000% control the big brother will have on your life.
Tomasina Covell (1 year ago)
Like a birder huh... give it a fighting chance, use an arrow or rifle. Of course on the other hand if people start shooting at commercial drones like that when they do start using them like that it will defiantly get the 2nd Amendments itself amended in short order and 12 gauges will be one of the first to go, ironically.
S.0.S (2 years ago)
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MeZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZzZ (2 years ago)
+SightSetOnSilver steal*
S.0.S (2 years ago)
+neodeville haha...can you imagine how many people would just steal packages from the drones.
memyselfandmik3 (2 years ago)
The noise would drive everyone crazy. Wildlife would stick two fingers up to those drones. Something bad will happen when it goes live.
The Internet Killed Music (2 years ago)
Flirty is a dumb name... Also I don't want these things flying anywhere near me. They are noisy, intrusive, and dangerous. I think they would be best suited to sending stuff to hard to remote places.
frisianmouve (2 years ago)
+KL Rider Not every new technology is good to adapt, take flying cars. Lots of energy to run those, lots of exhaust and air traffic gets insane so air traffic control works overhours. And it's not 200 years ago the car really took off, but more like 100 years ago. A new technology has to be more cost-efficient than the old one and that's really the discussion i was trying to bring up. If you have any arguments on why drones are more efficient delivering packages everywhere i'd love to hear them.
KL Rider (2 years ago)
I'm pretty sure that over 200 years ago, someone would've said "I don't want any of these automobiles anywhere near me." Today that idea sounds ludicrous. People adapt to new technologies just as technologies are adapted to the human environment. And societies that adapt slowly get left behind.
The Internet Killed Music (2 years ago)
frisianmouve (2 years ago)
Yeah i was thinking the same thing, letting them make deliveries everywhere in a city will just be very noisy and since they can't lift much they would have to deliver, fly back to distribution centre and fly somewhere else so a lot of airmiles. A delivery guy with a van can bring a lot more packages and doesn't have to go back and forth so much and can deliver everything in a neighbourhood. But yeah for remote villages where one person buys an amazon package i'd say it would be much cheaper than sending a guy over there to deliver that one package
tehjamez (2 years ago)
17:57 #ripluke
Hells Wind (2 years ago)
Aw that's _neat._
ChanoineStraub (2 years ago)
Why is this NECESSARY? Delivery drones will kill jobs. They can really kill people, too. I'd say so many drones are allowed because the government wants to divert attention from its sinister ones.
tehjamez (2 years ago)
Just wait for the noise issues--i doubt people will welcome the everpresent buzzing from deliveries
ChanoineStraub (2 years ago)
+Sean Roy You are talking about delivery drones. I'm also considering other ones. Unemployment is lower now than it has been throughout most of the 20th century. That's a lie.
Sean Roy (2 years ago)
So we should take jobs away from machines and give them to people just to create jobs? The point of automation is to free us from work. We don't work for the sake of working. Also unemployment is lower now than it has been throughout most of the 20th century. Drones won't be deployed en masse until they can be designed in a way that they never hit people, and most proposals for drone delivery systems use skyways that are far removed from pedestrian areas to reduce the chance of drones crashing into people or interfering with other traffic. Remember that software drives better than people do, and flying autonomous vehicles are easier to design autonomous solutions for than ground vehicles.
ChanoineStraub (2 years ago)
+Axel Pingol Business is NOT the most important thing in life. If you allow everything from such a point of view, the Earth will be inhabitable. Most of us will be slaves. And that's already in the process of happening.
ChanoineStraub (2 years ago)
+Sean Roy Are you out of your mind? Unemployment is already a serious problem everywhere. This is only going to make the situation worse. You won't say drones are safer when one of them hits you. Cars don't go everywhere. Drones can go anywhere, even inside buildings. How do you distinguish delivery drones from killer drones and ones for spying?
Ray Rivera (2 years ago)
Parks and recreations were right
DeepBlue (2 years ago)
lol!! Trial and error, go USA!! We will welcome more innovations.
aya (2 years ago)
What's the USA got to do with this? it was inspired by an Australian.