Nevermind Amazon Prime Drones, Google Has Future Delivery Vehicle With Uber

Story By:TJ McCue of Forbes

Amazon’s recent announcement around drone delivery captured the world’s attention. It is a creative idea. But, as Chris Anderson, founder of 3D Robotics (and also the creative mind that has propelled Wired,TED, DIY Drones, and other innovations to success), said about the idea before Amazon even suggested it: “It’s incredibly stupid.”

Now to be clear, I’m a huge fan of Amazon and I would not bet against Mr. Bezos. I know someone who did and still kicks himself for not investing in the company. While I believe they are seriously pursuing it, I don’t believe it will happen in the near term. I would rather follow Chris Anderson into niche markets that need and can use drones today (besides the military) like cropdusting for farming. You can read about his start in drones at Wired.

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Comment by Euan Ramsay on January 6, 2014 at 3:17am

It might just be me, but the first thing I noticed was that the port landing leg is broken, the ESC's are not fully secured and the video tx is poorly located (it's right in the clutter).

I suppose I should take my OCD pills, and read the article now...:-)

Comment by Joshua Johnson on January 6, 2014 at 3:25am

Rofl,  I've been diagnosed with OCD since I was around 4 years old.  But I found ways to use it to make myself obsess and find interest in things that made me a lot smarter and helped me keep the same passions from the age of 4-22(currently almost 22).  My OCD has been bad with drones, R/C, Robotics, etc since I was a young child I used to get little sleep because I would daydream about this stuff lol.  I don't want to get off topic so please message me how the medication helps I've always been interested. :)

Comment by John Githens on January 6, 2014 at 8:54am

There's more to the Forbes article than just rehashing the idea of using drones to transporting packages. As usual, the comments on such articles are interesting. And continuing the off-topic comments above, I have long suspected that one must be at least partly OC to be in an engineering or IT occupation (that would be me). I prefer to ignore that D word, and I don't mean drone. :-)) 

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 6, 2014 at 11:13am

I had a double-take when I saw that Chris Anderson had a hand in starting TED.  I didn't know that.  Did a Wiki search, and it seems it was started by a Chris Anderson, but that's doesn't look like the one I know.  What's going on?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 6, 2014 at 11:16am

So, I've read some of the links, and I don't get it.  What exactly is "Uber", and how would they use drones in a different way that Amazon would?

Comment by John Githens on January 6, 2014 at 11:17am

Yes, there are several notable people on Wikipedia with similar names.

Comment by John Githens on January 6, 2014 at 11:20am
Comment by John Githens on January 6, 2014 at 11:23am

About Uber. There are many others now in mostly urban areas. I think the point of the article is that packages could just as well be delivered by operations like Uber's, instead of by drones.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 6, 2014 at 11:25am

John, my point was it appears TJ McCue has attributed "our" Chris Anderson as the founder of TED.  Seems he made a mistake?

Comment by John Githens on January 6, 2014 at 11:27am

Sidecar is a similar service, as I mentioned in this blog post last July after the sUSB Expo conference..


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