From a time of owls and pigeons, delivering mails to drones buzzing through air, delivering the groceries you need to make your dinner or the medicine that you are too reluctant to pick up from pharmacy due to illness, we are really close to future as described in any other Sci-fi movies where people either live a thriller of machines or live a comfort. Hype of drones in the US has grown recently in some industries such as utilities, pipelines and agriculture and even in Nepal, the drones has conquered the skies in forms of camera in surveillance and aerial photo-videography and as toys.
Despite of much anticipation for this invention, drones in delivery faced much restrictions and obstacles because of federal regulations that bars most flights over crowds of people and beyond sight of the operator. But after participating in pilot Program in virginia state in partnership with the Mid-atlantic aviation and virginia tech and conducting over 70,000 test, flights to make more than 3000 deliveries to customers in australia in recent years, drone deliveries by google affiliate wing aviation has received green light from Federal Aviation Administration(FAA). The prediction of Jeff bezos, the founder of Amazon in a 60 minutes interview in 2013 speaking about drones becoming commonplace within five years has finally came true. This is the first time a company has gained a federal air carrier certification for drone deliveries. This means ‘Google affiliate wing aviation’ will be able to make commercial drone flights in part of virginia state, which it plans to begin this year. Conditions applied that they can’t fly above 400 feet (planes and helicopters typically fly above 500 feet) and must be operated only during day, when the weather is clear enough that they can be seen. Comparative demonstration was done on the part of possible risk to pedestrians while making the same trip from a car and on a drone to win the FAA certification. Transportation secretary Elaine chao said in a statement , “This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy”. The company sets for a trial period in coming future prior to fact that 54 percent of americans has disapproved the drones flying around their homes so as to yield a database and feedback. This database would be analyzed to decide if it is appropriate for integration into the society. This would also determine the business type that would be assessed by drones which is not yet decided. Probably drones-use may accompany food, medicine, agriculture and other daily utilities related commodities into their businesses.
“Zipline” , which delivers medical supplies, is distributing blood by drone in Rwanda, and “Swoop Aero”,an australian company, is dispensing vaccines and medications in the remote south pacific nation of vanuatu. Chinese aviation administrators have approved drone deliveries by the e-commerce giant JD.com and the delivery services business S.F. Holding Company. Customers will benefit and experience much faster deliveries (Order placed probably through app) to their doorstep and this will also reduce the traffic and emissions.