In 2013, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the company’s “Octocopter” to 60 Minutes journalist Charlie Rose, foreshadowing a world where delivery takes to the sky autonomously.
“Could it be four, five years [away]?” Bezos queried. “I think so.”
Well, you don’t need to be a math major to know Amazon missed its mark on that timeline.
Halfway through 2022, more than eight-and-a-half years after that interview, the e-commerce overlord has tentative plans to start testing this technology… in a single, sparsely populated town in California.
So how is it that a company with seemingly infinite capital and research capabilities has lagged so far behind its forecast?
The answer isn’t complicated. Drone delivery is.
Most people are familiar with Murphy’s Law. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
In the same way the makers of self-driving cars must indefinitely iron out a horde of safety concerns, autonomous drones operating in society must account for a seemingly endless array of variables.
“Most drones do not have the capability to sense and avoid other aircraft and obstacles-and it’s easy to understand why that could pose problems,” Amazon wrote in a memo announcing the forthcoming trial in Lockeford, California.
While the company claims it’s developed an “industry-leading sense-and-avoid system,” it’s understandable why skepticism still prevails.
(Not to mention the fact that Lockeford residents have already threatened to shoot the drones out of the air…)
So, copious research and development aside, it is safe to say developers of autonomous drones are falling short of their promises.
Let’s not be so sure.
While progress of drone delivery for everyday goods has been slow moving, inroads in other, far more important areas are being laid right now.
There is one startup in particular that is well on its way to introducing technology that could not only help save tens of billions of dollars per year, it could also help save lives.
This company’s technology can carry 20X the payload of what Amazon claims, and it can carry it for more than twice as long.
Plus, it already has tens of millions in letters of intent and a long list of partnerships with governmental and industry organizations.
But that’s not even the best part…
You can secure a stake in this company’s growth right now.
Time is of the essence though. Its current crowdfunding campaign closes in five days.
The Research Team