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Amazon, the world’s most popular online store, announced late last year a new plan to increase company revenue and sales through the use of drone technology. This form of technology is said to take on the role of a postman. A single delivery will take only 30 minutes from the time of the online order to when it arrives on the buyer’s doorstep.
Although this may seem like a good idea, the truth is it would prove harmful to the thousands of Americans already struggling in this prolonged period of economic decline. Not only would thousands of jobs be eliminated from the Amazon Company, but who is to say these flying drone crafts are safe?
The “Amazon Prime Air” program, which is said to launch within the next four to five years, has undergone much pressure from the Future Farmers of America to make drone delivery safer for individuals. The thought of a flying metal robot operating strictly upon coordinate commands without being able to maneuver obstacles such as trees, weather changes, animals, people or other flying objects would be a frightening thought for the customer.
We all know that GPS is not entirely accurate when trying to find a destination. Companies such as Garmin only update their devices annually. Will Amazon be willing to update their drone GPS systems daily? How much more profit can they possibly hope to gain with all these daily modifications? Remote controlled drones seem like the only alternative to this dreadful new idea as they would, at least, create jobs.
An article on MailOnline addresses the green benefits of drone delivery shares how the drone is powered by a clean fuel cell battery. Yes, a drone would lessen the amount of gas emissions given off by delivery trucks since there would be fewer on the road, but the concern in question is the safety of this new mechanism and the supply of delivery and postal service jobs.
Amazon would not be the only company to create their own delivery service. The new method would soon span the entirety of the globe eliminating all postal services, such as UPS and FedEx. I hope none my fellow students have the desire to obtain a job in the postal service because the computer has you beat.
Something that is easier or more convenient is not always the best thing for us.