OPINION: We've all been there. You order something online, and then you find that it comes between 9:00 and 17:00 on Saturday. Weekend plans are broken and you are a prisoner in your own home to reach the delivery driver's schedule. On a Saturday!
Wouldn't it be helpful if there was any safe way to leave a courier in the front porch? Or start up your car? Or garage? Allow the delivery person to sip in and safely drop off the package and lock the door behind them.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, yes, here in New Zealand it is too good to be true. For now.
That's because we don't have Amazon Prime. But in the US, they've tried this exact scenario thanks to a Key Key Amazon service.
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Prime customers can use Key by Amazon to remotely unlock the front door to allow pre-authorized people ̵
Amazon obviously tries the service because it wants customers to use it to enable their bid drivers to deliver packages faster – every missed delivery hits Jeff Bezos in his pocket.
In fact, Amazon owns the entire ecosystem. The key is controlled by the Amazon Cloud Cam, an easy-to-use interface that lets customers control everything by pressing the button.
Best of all, if you have a connected webcam, you can remotely view and record a courier as he
And despite the original uprising at the thought that Amazon drivers went to their customers' homes, it was considered successful enough to expand to 17 more US cities.
Customers need the right hardware and be an Amazon premier, which costs $ 119 ($ 179) per year.
There is still a long way to go before this becomes the norm. Research at Morning Consult suggests that there are many who need convincing.
A recent survey of 2201 American adults shows that 68 percent of respondents would not feel comfortable, so transport drivers have access to their homes. Fair enough.
But the more shocking state is hidden in the ordinary eye, as 32 percent would like to provide delivery drivers into their property to deliver parcels.
This would equate to about 73 million American adults – a huge Key to Amazon market.
Google's Wing-drone gets FFA approval
It is clear that delivery represents a significant opportunity for technology companies.
So we shouldn't really be surprised to learn that Amazon was not the only company that celebrated promising delivery-related news this week.
Wing Aviation, which is owned by Alphabet (Google's parent company), also had a good week-end FAA approval to launch unmanned aircraft deliveries in Blacksburg, Virginia.
This represents an important moment for technology companies as it is the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has granted permits for drones to begin delivering grocery products to consumers in the United States.
Wing managed to jump on Amazon and other autonomous delivery companies by collaborating with the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) – an FAA designated unmanned airline website, founded in 2013.
Talk about the company's latest victory, Wing Knight James Ryan Burgess said: "It shows that these devices can be value-added in our communities.
" They can be a faster, cleaner, and less expensive way of transporting things, while adding to the security of society. "Government officials also seem optimistic about the program. Transport Secretary Elaine Chao said," This is an important step forward for safe testing and integration of drones into our economy. "
Wing's approval does not give the company complete freedom to the sky. The drones can only work during the day, and every five drones must be monitored and operated by a qualified human pilot, but that is still a significant step forward.
The wing design that Wing wants to use is quite unique too. They don't look like the drones you see photographers and enthusiasts flying around New Zealand.
Each Wing drone has a 1m wing span and weighs about 5kg and can carry packages weighing up to 1.5kg. The drone can climb 400 meters above the ground and reach speeds of up to 120 km / h. It is also accurate enough to deliver parcels to a location, the size of the doorstep.
How should we feel about drone deliveries to the doorstep and allow cure into our home externally?
Tough questions. The good news is that the curls are being ironed out in the US before they reach our shores. But right now I'm probably on the same page as 68 percent of Americans who also don't want to install technology that lets strangers into their homes.
Drone delivery, on the other hand? Take it on!