Amazon’s floating bed-frames in the sky will be equipped to handle pretty much anything you throw at it according to Amazon’s vice president for global public policy, Paul Misener.
In an interview with Yahoo, Misener likened Amazon’s fleet of delivery drones to horses saying that they’re “more like horses than cars,” but not because if caught and tamed, people can mount them and go on adventures, instead it’s because horses are aware of their surroundings and avoid obstacles that could be a danger to them.
“If you have a small tree in your front yard,” Misener explains, “and you want to bang your car into it for some reason, you can do that. Your spouse might not be happy with you, but you can do it. But try riding a horse into the tree. It won’t do it. The horse will see the tree and go around it. Same way our drones will not run into trees, because they will know not to run into it.”
He also revealed that Amazon isn’t just working on one drone, in fact they’re working on multiple which will be designed to cater to different environments, whether its a hot, dry location, to something cooler and damper.
“Our customers in the United States live in hot, dry, dusty areas like Phoenix,” he says, “but they also live in hot, wet, rainy environments like Orlando, or up in the Colorado Rockies.” Not to mention that, not everyone lives in the same type of home. “Some live in rural farmhouses, some live in high-rise city skyscrapers, and then everything in between, in suburban and exurban environments.”
One of the main features of the Amazon Drone is that it’ll deliver your package not only in a futuristic way, but also while you’re not home, leaving your item in a safe place. However, this isn’t always possible, especially for those who live in apartment buildings. Fortunately Amazon’s working on that situation.
Misener also touched briefly on the worry that when Amazon begins to roll out its drone delivery service, some people would take to shooting the drones down to either steal the packages, or to just be an asshole. On the subject he said “I suppose they could shoot at trucks, too.” Which is indeed correct, but there’s a difference between an unmanned drone and a delivery truck.
Expanding on that, he said that he soon hopes that delivery drones become “as normal as seeing a delivery truck driving down the street someday,” and the novelty wears off. Though I don’t see that happening any time soon.
The whole interview, which you can read here, is pretty interesting and touches on some of the trouble both Amazon and other drone delivery hopefuls have been having working with the FAA, among other things.