Amazon surprised a lot of folks when the company unveiled plans to develop a fleet of flying drones that could deliver packages weighing 5 pounds or less to customer’s doors in a matter of minutes.

But Amazon is hardly alone in this endeavor. TacoCopter wants to deliver Mexican food by air (but probably won’t be able to for a while). Zookal wants to delivery textbooks by unmanned drone in Australia. And now it looks like UPS may be looking to use drones in addition to trucks in some situations.

The plans are all pretty much just plans for now — federal regulators still need to set guidelines for drones flying to and fro before the skies start filling up with them. But it’s looking increasingly likely that in a few years drones will be doing more than spying on you.

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6 replies on “Lilbits (12-03-2013): Attack of the (delivery) drones”

  1. Sounds like a great opportunity for terrorists to deliver bombs, chemical or biological agents using lookalike drones. No thank you.

      1. No, but this does provide an excellent opportunity for terrorists. Just making an observation.

        1. I guess one could also say that about remote controlled model airplanes and helicopters or quadcopters that are easily bought and flown.

          1. Yes, but main issue is maintaining control… If these drones can be easily hacked then they could be used as weapons of opportunity and that’s something that could be hard to protect against…

            Especially, if they allow these drones to be automated… then tampering will be a lot harder to detect… Like someone could just intercept a drone, replace the package with a bomb and then let it continue on its delivery…

            So, without proper monitoring and secure control systems then it could be something to worry about…

            It doesn’t mean we should block the sale and use of drones but it does mean we should have something in place to help protect against the potential misuse of the technology…

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