The Future Of Drones
Drones seem to be the popular topic of conversation these days. From small, cheap toys, to multi million dollar research projects, and everything in between. They’re popularity seems to increase by the second, and their role in our future increases with it. Right now as we speak, some of the largest corporations in the world, are investing billions of dollars into the development of drone technology. They aren’t developing drones to help you spy on your neighbor, or take a family selfie off a cliff, that’s not it at all. They’re investing in technology that will soon change the way some of the worlds largest industries operate. So what exactly is this world changing technology? What exactly does the future have in store?
The first major development is in the shipping industry. Currently Ecommerce giant Amazon is leading the push towards drone delivery, and has been making incredible headway. Amazon hopes to revolutionize the shipping industry, by having autonomous drones deliver short-range deliveries right to your door, in a very fast, and cost effective manner. This technology would literally make things like “within the hour” delivery possible, which would forever revolutionize the way we shop. This system would also greatly reduce shipping cost, as the lack of labor and fuel expense, would transition into direct savings.
As of now, Amazon seems ready to go on the technological side of things, and this dream is very close to becoming a reality. So why you might ask, don’t we see any of these delivery drones buzzing overhead? Well you can thank this stunted progress on the federal aviation authority, who currently disagree with the whole idea, and don’t seem ready to provide amazon with the approval needed to continue. For now it’s a waiting game, but with the lobbying power of Amazon and its affiliates, it won’t be long before we drone delivery in every major city across the globe.
One of the most exciting areas of drone technology may in fact be that of the potential medical implications. Currently, two main medical sectors are set to see benefits from drone technology in the near future.
The first of these sectors is emergency response/paramedics. Drones are currently being developed that are capable of responding to emergency calls, by delivering critical medical supplies before any medical personal can even be on site. This has proven extremely crucial for heart attack victim. A new company recently unveiled a drone equipped with a fully functioning defibrillator unit, which can literally increase the chances of surviving a heart attack by over 50%.
Simply put, your outside on a summer afternoon, and your loved one drops to the floor after suffering a sudden heart attack. You call emergency services and request an ambulance but the trouble is that with traffic, it’s about 25 minutes away, and you just don’t have that time. Well what if a drone could get there within 5 minutes, provide you with a defibrillator, and a nurse could talk you through everything via telephone. This is exactly what has been designed, tested, and proven very successfully. It’s highly likely that you’ll see this technology implemented within the next 10 – 15 years quite regularly and across most major cities worldwide.
In addition to the emergency sector, drones are set to make big improvements in the world of disaster relief. Large heavy lift drones, will eventually achieve the capacity necessary to carry large quantities of medical supplies, over significant distances. The reason for this, is many times after a flood, hurricane, earthquake etc. entire communities can become cut off from essential medical supplies and even food. In many situations manned aircraft are unable to reach these people due to geographical factors, and in many cases simply are unavailable due to their high cost. Drones are set to change all that, as they will become common kit for disaster relief crews, allowing medical supplies and nourishment to be delivered instantly upon the arrival of the crew. This will eventually save millions of lives, and these systems are already being implemented on a small scale where, and whenever possible. But as technology improves, they will become far more cost effective as well as efficient.
It’s clear to see that the future of drones is bright, and above I’ve named only a few ways that drones will offer impactful solutions. These are only a few of many, and as the years progress we will continue to see hundreds if not thousands of tasks greatly enhanced by drone technology, as they soon become common place.