Amazon has decided to see whether they can use unmanned flying machines to deliver packages to cars. This news has made me wonder here on the Htet Tayza blog; are drones becoming a part of everyday life?
The evolution of the drone
A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle. They’re either controlled by pilots on the ground or autonomously, following a pre-planned mission. They were developed as a tool of war, but increasingly they’re being used for mundane tasks such as package delivery.
Use of the drone as a package as a deliverer has been championed by the US electronics company Amazon. They’re using the technological innovation to carry packages to random locations such as doorsteps and workplaces. Now, it appears as though Amazon are going further than they ever have before in their mission to ensure that no customer ever has to pick a missed package up again.
Audi and Amazon test drone technology
NBC News has reported that the company is now testing where it’s possible to use a drone to deliver a drone to the trunk of someone’s car. However there’s a twist in the tale. It would only apply to Audi cars, as the German company volunteered to test the technology with Amazon.
The carmaker spoke out to detail how it would work. They explained that customers would be able to select their car as their shipping address when they place their order. An Amazon worker would use a GPS system to track where the car is parked, and they would then use an electronic authorisation code to open the trunk so they could use the drone to place the parcel inside.
The relationship between war and technological advancement
Does this indicate that drones are becoming a part of everyday life? Many people have dismissed drone delivery as a fad, but I would beg to differ. I believe that drones are following in the wake of other technological evolutions that were initially created for war.
There is a strong relationship between technological advancement and war. Many of society’s most startling innovations were originally created to serve as weapons of war. Look at radar. It was originally created in 1935 and was used as a vital weapon in the Second World War. However it became a commercialised technology in the years following 1945, and now we use radar for a number of everyday purposes. Notably, it led to the invention of the microwave.
The versatility of technology
This highlights the versatility of technology. It may have been created for one purpose but the ingenuity of society soon allows it to be applied to another. I believe that this is already happening with the drone which is why it’s becoming a part of everyday life.