Imagine not having to run errands like getting your monthly groceries, weekly vegetable supplies and dropping off clothes at your local laundry shop. Wouldn’t you save a bunch of time if someone ran these errands for you? Well, your wishes might finally come true if the government and private sector decide to be on the same page on a technology called drones.
According to industry experts, drones will be safer than general aviation and that they will operate quietly enough so they will not be of any disturbance to anyone.
“Moving people and stuff around the planet in an efficient way is where I want to get,” said Dave Vos, head of the technology giant Google X’s Project Wing experimental drone delivery program at a recently held aviation industry event in Washington.
The technology giant has been closely working on the drone technology for three years now. Other than Google, giants like Wal-mart and Amazon have also been working on drone technology in order to use them for deliveries.
Playing spoil sport in the whole scenario are a few regulatory issues. The current norms require businesses considering using flying drones for commercial purposes to get the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval on case-to-case basis. Further, the rules also dictate that companies can’t use drones at night and drone operators are not allowed to operate more than one drone at a time.
According to drone lobbyists and giants like Amazon, such rules are stunting the bright future of the U.S. drone industry.
India’s e-commerce giant Flipkart is also said to be planning to use drones to deliver goods to rural areas in India. Although, unlike US civilian drones are not allowed in India.
Last year in October, the FAA had come out with a short list of drone makers, industry advocates, and a few retailers in order to help it create the registration system and rules. The registration system finally went online in late December last year, and has since had an overwhelming response where over 181,000 drones in its database by early January.
Not only run errands, if the technology gets proper clearances and dedication, it has the capacity to make the concept of airborne taxis a reality.