News (or perhaps a clever advertising gimmick) has been circulating about how a certain online retailer is interested in using drones to deliver products, but ATG Stores has a few good reasons to stick to more tried and true delivery methods – at least for now.
<strong>1. The FAA isn’t cool with it.</strong>
Interest in commercial drone use is exploding and economists have put potential earnings and revenue somewhere north of a kabillion dollars for everything from private security to taco delivery, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) isn’t quite sure how to regulate it.
They are most definitely working on it, because more stuff to regulate means a bigger budget and more FAA company picnics, but they’re nowhere near getting close when it comes to forging policy on such an, ah, Amazonian scale.
<strong>2. Some states aren’t cool with it, either.</strong>
Idaho has put its potato-mashin’ foot down when it comes to drones, already passing legislation that restricts both commercial and law enforcement use, and a handful of other states have enacted similar rules.
It’s true that the majority of states don’t currently have laws in place, but it’s likely because the drone issue is still in its infancy. Propose a noisy nationwide swarm of drones (hey, there’s a creepy phrase) and legal challenges are likely to mount faster than you can say “robot invasion.”
<strong>3. Privacy concerns? Nahhhh … well, yes, actually.</strong>
Real delivery drones will likely have cameras on them to assist in product-delivering capability and liability avoidance, which means there’s a substantial likelihood that <em>a lot of stuff could get seen and/or recorded by them</em>. There are, oh, about a thousand laws a non-NSA drone could potentially violate (nuisance, trespassing, etc.), not to mention and handful of Constitutional rights.
<strong>4. People could, you know, <em>die</em>.</strong>
The short story is that what goes up must come down, and the rule applies to drones as much as anything else. Imagine the legal and technological hurdles one must overcome to insure that your child – innocently playing in his sandbox – doesn’t end up trapped underneath a malfunctioning drone that comes hurtling out of the sky. Possibly on fire.
<strong>5. Package loss/theft is your problem, in more ways than one. </strong>
Any respectable online retailer would surely reimburse its customers for lost or stolen drone deliverables, but it can’t really do much else about it. And, do you know what that means? Hordes of gun-toting package pirates lying in wait to snipe drones out of the sky and rob them of their cargo – and all the info included on the bill of lading.
Now, we know most people are comfortable with the possibility of the entire world knowing you ordered a (use your imagination to fill in the blank), but there are probably a few of us who would like to keep all of those blanks ... blank.
For these reasons and so many more, you can rely on <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> to get your orders to you without fear of drone interference.