How Drones Will Change The World
Drones have already started to impact our lives one way or another. Unlike the RC helicopters and planes that dominated the RC world years ago, and still keeps hobbyists occupied today, many people saw the potential of drones from being more than a hobby to something that can help shape our future. It’s predicted that in the next 5 years the sale of consumer drones will triple, and the use of commercial drones will more than double. Knowing what they’re capable of now, can you imagine the purpose drones could serve in 5 years time? 10 years? I believe this is only the beginning.
Drones being used for commercial purposes has continued to increase year by year, from real estate, construction, wildlife care, even to farmers checking their crops. We’ve heard for years that Amazon is planning on using drones to deliver packages from their distribution center right to your door, however, the only thing stopping them are the regulations put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
While Amazon are continuously working to sort this issue out, I read on the news last week that in New Zealand, Dominoes Pizza will start using unmanned vehicles to deliver pizza on time. Not having to worry about flying regulations, the autonomous delivery robot, named DRU, will not fly, instead it rides on 4 wheels along the sidewalk.
But it’s not all about major company using drones to deliver bought items to you. Medical researchers have started the idea of using drones to aid in emergency situations. The idea is that if somebody is isolated and requires medical attention, these drones will be able to access remote areas faster than an emergency rescue crew and drop off medical supplies to that individual.
Jonathan Ledgard, director of Afrotech, is the founder of Red Line. Ledgard’s plan, which is already in development, is to deliver medical supplies to remote areas of Rwanda using a series of cargo drones, flying to and from “droneports”. Red Line has had approval of different governments, including Switzerland, and has raised over $8 million in this project. Ledgard hopes Red Line will be in full swing next year.
This means it could possibly beat Amazon for successfully using drones to deliver goods to the public. And the main reason for this are the regulations we have in the United States. Our skies are much more populated than Africa’s and many other countries, so while having regulations is an necessity for our safety, the struggle is coming up with a way to share our skies with commercial airliners as well as commercial drones.
In a report released last Thursday, the FAA stated that by the end of this year, Americans will have 2.1 million drones. They have also predicted that by 2020, that number will go up to an incredible 7 million, between hobby drones and commercial.
The FAA released regulations for drone use last December, which includes registering your drone if it weighs over 0.55 pounds, but have said they are still working on a full report regarding the use of drones, which is expected to be released in just a few months.
I can’t help but to think of a future where your pizza, mail, things you buy online, are all delivered by drones. While I don’t think drones will ever replace people, I mean, for starters, they’re always going to need someone piloting a drone, I do believe they will become a time saver could possibly even be more cost efficient, and ultimately, this is how drones will change the world.
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