As the days slowly begin to bleed into weeks, we start to see just how advanced technology is becoming. In some ways it can seem scary and astonishing all in the same moment. We are starting to outsource our jobs to computers and machines. Yes that, we are beginning to utilize a more mechanized way of performing jobs. Even jobs such as delivery service. Take Amazon for example. Amazon is a company that is known for its online shopping and delivery services. They too are now doing their best to "keep up with the times". The company has now devised a way of delivering our packages to us that will leave some wondering if they may have seen a UFo in the air.Amazon has recently announced a new "drone" based delivery system. The company plans on calling it's new service Amazon Prime Air. CEO of the company, Jeff Bezos, claimed that the service could be running and in the air as soon as 4 to 5 years from now.As nice and cool as this may sound, Amazon may have a lot of red tape to cut through before they are truly ready for lift off.
The FAA, or Federal Aviation Administration, have a lot to sort through when it comes to approving the use of these commercial drones for actual flight through U.S. airspace. There is actually so much to sort through, that should the company start tomorrow, the "pilots" of the unmanned drones for strictly commercial purpose would have to apply for those positions, and would then have to be constantly reviewed, case by case. Needless to say, the new service and the FAA need to come to some sort of agreement to make this service possible. The FAA, however, already has plans to utilize umanned commercial drones as early as September 30th of 2015. One of the biggest reasons why the creating and working through the regulations have become so tedious, is due to the fact that it was expected that the drones would be manned by a remote pilot, but since Amazon is designing these drones to be completely autonomous, there would be no pilot directly manning each flight that the drone makes.
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As it stands right now, there is only one commercial drone pilot who has been approved to make flights, who currently resides in the Arctic. Although there are many restrictions and regulations that need to be added into the FAA to make things like these drones and the Prime Air service take to the skies, there are plans to continually add to the regulations as the years go by. Currently autonomous unmanned drones are not allowed in the U.S.
Despite the, somewhat, unpromising remarks from the FAA, Amazon is still keeping their heads up. They have plans to continually work on newer and better model drones, and claims that what they have shown are merely prototypes. They await the rules and regulations of the FAA to make it possible for their program to take off.
What does this mean for businesses? Well think about this if you will. This might make things a bit easier when a company could be in need of certain items in a timely fashion. Don't want an employee stuck in traffic trying to pick up a package? Ordering from Amazon may soon become an invaluable asset in terms of saving time for companies. We will see what comes of this in the future, but as for now, don't expect to see these drones in the air any time soon.