The Drones Are Coming

And while the AI technology may not be sophisticated enough to consistently and safely deliver packages on its own (yet), the drone technology is essentially ready today.

Domino’s has tested pizza delivery drones, and while it may sound like a tongue-in-cheek imitation of Amazon’s plan, delivery services have many reasons to like drones–from lower costs to quicker delivery times, the ability to fly a direct line rather than driving convoluted city streets provides an intriguing look at what technology could accomplish.

And beyond the realm of science-fiction pizza delivery and benevolent delivery service drone overlords, improving drone technology will further enable the next generation of many of today’s use cases all while offering up new possibilities as the technology matures.

Some of drones’ future relies on regulators, who are still waging battles at city, federal, and international levels to decide just what to classify drones as and what the rules are for them.

What is clear is that drones are priceless tools to many industries, while many applications will emerge as technology improves and breakthroughs allow other tools and devices to be combined with drones to create applications like firefighting and farming drones for other industries.

Environmental scientists are already using drones to study weather patterns and map the changes in water levels in the most remote (and heavily-affected) regions of the world; soon, they will be able to fly farther, stay in the air longer, and take an even wider array of measurements. As battery and signal technologies improve, so do the overall capabilities of drones.

Drones Are The Future

Today, most drone uses focus around the ability to connect cameras or other sensors to small, remote-controlled devices. Tomorrow, drones may be able to deliver payloads to specific places or even carry people to inaccessible areas for far cheaper than today’s specialty transportation offerings. From remote Alaska to heliskiing in the Alps to military missions, vehicles that do not require pilots could provide quick rides to individuals by acting as ‘air taxis’ in places that do not have extensive road networks. Not to mention the fact that you could live on your own private island and still order a Domino’s Pizza.


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