Giant delivery drones are coming, but at what cost?


Comments • 416

  • The Verge
    The Verge   3 months back

    How would you feel about cargo drones flying through your neighborhood?

    • Dan Jakubik
      Dan Jakubik  2 months back

      Ok, only after they are regulated and proven safe, reliable and quiet.

    • JJ Groves
      JJ Groves  2 months back

      I think it would be the coolest thing for any kid to pop these out of the sky. Most adults in the free world would turn a blind eye.

    • bernardthedisappointedowl
      bernardthedisappointedowl  3 months back

      Miserable - there goes enjoying a nice sunset, ^oo^

  • G F
    G F  3 months back

    Technology replacing Humans means technology destroying humans.

    • Raji Fredrick
      Raji Fredrick  3 months back

      As long as they have their own runway stations not to direct customer per say, as well as solar panels

      • GS_01-03
        GS_01-03  3 months back

        So excited for cargo drones tbh. Hopefully it’ll free up traffic a little.

        • Иван Возяков
          Иван Возяков  3 months back

          How many pounds of explosives can you put there? Hm?

          Hope it will be prohibited to use them anywhere close to the cities.

          • Mr Corndog
            Mr Corndog  3 months back

            Our jobs

            • DADDY FROAKLIN
              DADDY FROAKLIN  3 months back

              At what cost?
              Are freedom

              • 1 wordhere 1wordthere
                1 wordhere 1wordthere  3 months back

                Great commercial

                • American556
                  American556  3 months back

                  Why don’t they just remote pilot 747’s?

                  • MyLife
                    MyLife  3 months back

                    Most likely, even the clever brains (of whatever nationality including Americans) working on innovative projects like these use metric internally. Why are you using imperial?

                    • Ambient Cotton
                      Ambient Cotton  3 months back

                      Dey took er jerbs!!

                      • Arcgateway
                        Arcgateway  3 months back

                        When first cars were introduced there was a person walking in front of a car with a bell because of some regulations. Same situation here.

                        • Ateisme
                          Ateisme  3 months back

                          Did the study, factor in new electric trucks vs drones?

                          • Fritz Studios
                            Fritz Studios  3 months back

                            Keep dreaming champ

                            • eddy current
                              eddy current  3 months back

                              im going to steal one out of the sky and harvest its parts

                              • 556 2nd
                                556 2nd  3 months back

                                Cool a whole new crime network can be made ..... Taken down delivery drones. Truth

                                • William David Wallace
                                  William David Wallace  3 months back

                                  On long distance, high altitude cargo drones how does ATC work? Many drones may well not use an airport but traffic control is still likely to be a big issue. One does not want these drones coming down on people.

                                  • Engineer Ahmed
                                    Engineer Ahmed  3 months back

                                    already Amazon & ebay has closed malls
                                    Ans : WE GOT TO ACCEPT HUMANS R MEANT TO ENJOY LIFE NOT TO DO JOBS ..machines r meant to do jobs....The companies must be taxed JOB CUT TAX equal to half employee salary per 1 employee productivity & be paid to people as 1000$ free money

                                    • B u d d y
                                      B u d d y  3 months back


                                      • RoyYaBoi
                                        RoyYaBoi  3 months back

                                        So what if I shoot one

                                        • csakamatsu
                                          csakamatsu  3 months back

                                          Okay. There is another concern: birds and animals could attack drones, as birds hitting planes. Maritime traffic disturbing whales, dolphins ... These are the future source of regulatory traffic.

                                          • Mike Woodman
                                            Mike Woodman  3 months back

                                            Drones certainly are the future, but it's easy to predict some of the negative consequences. Just a matter of time before some of them fall out of the sky onto someone's head; or accidentally crashes into a building; or prematurely drops it payload into someone's swimming pool; or is captured by people running around with nets; or is hijacked by evil-doers and commanded to crash into some target or other; or interferes with commercial jet traffic; or... or... or... So I don't doubt that drones are here to stay, and in increasing numbers, but I'm darned if I can see how they are going to make the system safe and foolproof.

                                            • Chris B
                                              Chris B  3 months back

                                              Its not cost effective; There is no way google and or any other company is going to pump money into something unless it is going to make money. Remember Economics Brah The FFA will not going to clear anything of that nature. Also you have to think of people that will shoot them down if they enter someones property line.

                                              • Chris B
                                                Chris B  3 months back

                                                @you wish you knew True

                                              • you wish you knew
                                                you wish you knew  3 months back

                                                youtube from what i understand has never been profitable but google will pump countless amounts of money into it because it gives them control, taking a hit on something and making up the cost in another way is a pretty common business practice.

                                            • Mainer
                                              Mainer  3 months back

                                              Drones are noisy! I have a Phantom4 that I don't fly anymore because it really distresses the wildlife in my area.

                                              • Stambo
                                                Stambo  3 months back

                                                This is the real reason hobbyists are being regulated out of the sky in so many countries.

                                                • TK42DAN
                                                  TK42DAN  3 months back

                                                  When an article's title includes the words, "...but at what cost," but doesn't address the impact on jobs and the economy, I have to wonder. :)

                                                  Also, every one of your videos should be in imperial and metric, and no fewer than 10 languages, including sign language and Klingon.

                                                  • Andrew Micallef
                                                    Andrew Micallef  3 months back

                                                    Comment analysis:

                                                    5%: Topic-relevant concerns and discussions
                                                    47%: IMPERIAL UNITS?! BRING IN THE SI! WE'RE NOT BARBARIANS OR LIVING IN THE 7TH CENTURY!!
                                                    47%: IMPERIAL TOOK US TO THE MOON, WHAT EXCUSE DO YOU HAVE?!

                                                    <1%: Comment analysis and trace elements

                                                    • weerobot
                                                      weerobot  3 months back

                                                      Not so good if one Lands on your

                                                      • Someone Incognito
                                                        Someone Incognito  3 months back

                                                        Thanos snapped his fingers, but at what cost?

                                                        • rubydog 25
                                                          rubydog 25  3 months back

                                                          People who watch this because they like the verge
                                                          People who watch this because they fly freestyle drones

                                                          • Stephen B
                                                            Stephen B  3 months back

                                                            Why can't we develop the cargo planes we have to be drones?

                                                            • bucketrobbert
                                                              bucketrobbert  3 months back

                                                              can it ring the bell and say thank you have a good day

                                                              • Speakeasy
                                                                Speakeasy  3 months back

                                                                all drones should have to be electric. anyone who thinks otherwise is dead wrong.

                                                                • Sportsquirrel
                                                                  Sportsquirrel  3 months back

                                                                  54% disapprove of drones, power lines, interstate roadway systems, electricity, indoor plumbing. Drones are the future. Might as well get used to it.

                                                                  • Austin Bartose
                                                                    Austin Bartose  3 months back

                                                                    They aren’t cleaner, and they are definitely not economical

                                                                    • Frank
                                                                      Frank  3 months back


                                                                      • Blitznstitch2
                                                                        Blitznstitch2  3 months back

                                                                        FAA is hurting advancement. I'd green light this and be like all companies go!

                                                                        • Gary Christenson
                                                                          Gary Christenson  3 months back

                                                                          Betcha gun owners are gonna have fun with those drones. They would probably make wonderful targets.

                                                                          • La habitacion del atrapado

                                                                            Guys, you really should start using the metric system

                                                                            • Mattie Dumbrill
                                                                              Mattie Dumbrill  3 months back

                                                                              I think the low carbon thing isn't amazing as if delivery trucks were electrified, it would have the same effect and would be much easier.

                                                                              • Dogan Ulusoy
                                                                                Dogan Ulusoy  3 months back

                                                                                Fisrt thing first. Deliver pizza than the other goods . Hot pizza , not fanned high altitude ice cold pizza ...

                                                                                • E VK
                                                                                  E VK  3 months back

                                                                                  If you shoot them down, can you keep the cargo? Like a prize.

                                                                                  • Dimbat FPV
                                                                                    Dimbat FPV  3 months back

                                                                                    The size of a B777 and 2 ton payload? Are you sure about those numbers? A traditional B777 with passengers onboard can still load 10 to 20 tons of cargo. The freighter version can load upto 100 tons of cargo.

                                                                                    • Christopher Scobie
                                                                                      Christopher Scobie  3 months back

                                                                                      No way.. unsafe..

                                                                                      • Jake Hix
                                                                                        Jake Hix  3 months back

                                                                                        That moment when every balcony becomes a delivery zone..... moving companies win.

                                                                                        • The Virtual Scotsman
                                                                                          The Virtual Scotsman  3 months back

                                                                                          There's a reason nobody's made a silent helicopter that can carry 200lbs

                                                                                          • The Virtual Scotsman
                                                                                            The Virtual Scotsman  3 months back

                                                                                            @HotKnives the reason nobody's made one is because its impossible to make a 10ft blade spinning at 3000rpm be quiet. They're loud from 3 miles away never mind landing in a neighbourhood to deliver a package.

                                                                                          • HotKnives
                                                                                            HotKnives  3 months back

                                                                                            Why does it have to be silent? All day I hear people driving around on motorbikes that are tuned to be as loud as possible but no one seems to care about that.

                                                                                        • Steffan Atherton
                                                                                          Steffan Atherton  3 months back

                                                                                          how do you stop crime? people stealing them?

                                                                                        • vRetroKarma
                                                                                          vRetroKarma  3 months back