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What Kept Drone Deliveries from Taking Off in 2018 | Drone Delivery Year-in-Review and Predictions for 2019

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Back in 2013, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, predicted that by 2018 drones would be able to deliver items weighing up to five pounds within a 10-mile radius of an Amazon warehouse.

Well, 2018 just came and went, and Amazon isn’t quite there yet.

So how much progress did we actually make on the drone delivery front in 2018? Read today's year-in-review article for a look back at drone deliveries in 2018, broken down into medical and commercial drone delivery.

What do you think—do we still have a long way to go when it comes to drone deliveries being a daily reality here in the U.S., or is that day still a long ways off? Chime in here to share your thoughts.

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All of the research into BVLOS and "drone deliveries" is nothing more than a science project.  And none of the experiments have really yielded much more than delivering the occasional burrito or medical supply.  Granted it has to start somewhere but BVLOS will never be "fire and forget" and there's a lot more technology that has to be developed before realtime telemetry can update in realtime to provide the right situational awareness to prevent an accident.

1 hour ago, Zacc Dukowitz said:

What do you think—do we still have a long way to go when it comes to drone deliveries being a daily reality here in the U.S., or is that day still a long ways off?

Another issue that people don't like to talk about, probably because there's not much of alternative at the moment, is that the likelihood that you can use any Chinese technology as part of the supply chain is very doubtful.  Also, with the exception of delivering critical supplies in emergency scenarios or to remote locations I don't see the economic benefit to developing and deploying this much technology.         

The FAA is way behind the curve on developing policies to manage this type of technology so for these reasons I think the idea of seeing drone delivery to consumers is a decade out - if ever.

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