Imagine that a year from now, you order a new watch from the internet and a half hour later it appears at your door. But wait a second, you didn’t see the mailman or hear a giant, lumbering FedEx truck so how did it get there so quickly?
Well this is 2015. The watch wasn’t dropped off by your typical delivery man. It was literally dropped on your doorstep by a delivery drone.
In December 2013, Amazon hit PR gold by teasing this very idea. The concept of Prime Air is that you can order an item from Amazon and you will have the item delivered, by drone, within 30 minutes. Netflix responded in February with a hilarious video, that has gone viral, satirizing Amazon’s drone concept.
In reality, drones have been estimated to be hitting the air in as little as 4 years, pending approval of FAA regulations and rules. So, while Bezos and co. are still several years away from turning their YouTube blockbuster into a viable business practice, delivery by drone is inevitable.
Many other companies are jumping on board. Business owners around the world are seeing the potential dollar signs and latching onto the concept. For example, the government of the United Arab Emirates is already beginning to use drones to deliver official documents like driver’s licenses, ID cards and permits.
The FAA is the biggest hurdle standing between the implementation of drone delivery in the US but the fact is customers can benefit from it, and business owners can profit from it. So it is only a matter of time until we begin to see drones flying above our heads, delivering our pizza and beer “in 30 minutes or less or your money back!”
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com