- Flying is significantly more energy-intensive, which should increase cost and limit range.
- Flying drones will never be able to carry as much as a drone on wheels.
- Flying is dramatically more dangerous. If a 40 pound cooler on wheels ran into you, it might leave a bruise; if a 40 pound drone drops 50 feet out of the sky on you, that could kill you.
- This means flying drones will be more expensive to insure.
- It also means the risk of a big PR disaster is bigger.
- Failure in flying is more catastrophic. If battery in a wheeled drone dies, it stops in the middle of the sidewalk; if that happens to a flying drone, it could fall out of the sky.
- So flying drones should likely require more maintenance checks.
- As the article points out, the added danger of flying means such drones will likely face more regulatory issues.
Friday, September 23, 2016
The future of delivery drones is on wheels
Amazon's flying delivery drones, the real future of drones is much closer to Earth. I firmly believe that the vast majority of delivery drones in the future will travel along the ground, a trend that's just starting thanks to Starship Technologies. From Recode: