Amazon Not Alone with Drones, UPS and FedEx There Too

Posted: Dec. 3rd, 2013  |  By DailyLuxe News

Photo: The Verge

Apparently, Amazon is not the only firm looking into a future with deliveries being made by drones. UPS and FedEx also see the auto-flyers as a good fit for their future as well.

With Jeff Bezos’ Amazon receiving so much buzz on TV, appearing on CBS’s 60 Minutes on the eve of Cyber Monday and all, it only seemed fair to extend some exposure to some other sources that are equally optimistic on the commercial usage of unmanned aircraft.

FedEx founder Fred Smith essentially told The Verge that the drones are plentiful in the R&D department at his firm, but that until the FAA establishes some rules and regulations to enable test flights to get the kinks out making it a reality. Colin Guinn, the North American CEO for drone manufacturer DJI said that a fleet of drones could be up and running within 18 to 24 months. However, Mr. Guinn does have concerns, which he conveyed to The Verge.

…. "What we need in terms of tech is improved object detection and avoidance, because GPS coordinates alone won’t cut it if you got a car or some kids in the driveway."