This 2019, the world of delivery drones may be in for some upgrades. In Helsinki, Finland a drone delivery service will start testing in the first half of this year. During these tests, the company Alphabet plans to check their drones’ capabilities and weaknesses.
Of course, there is also upside for the people living in Helsinki. For those who want to test the service out, Alphabet is offering the trial for free, giving each customer a taste of what is to come in the drone world. The free trials however do have some limitations.
- There is a 10 minute limit to the flight duration
- Package delivered must be under 5 kilograms
- Destination under 10 kilometers from the base at Helsinki
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The weight limit basically means you can only get small items delivered. These can be small jewelry, accessories, toys, or even fast food. Food delivery has grown over the last few years, with more and more people wanting to order takeout rather than going themselves. This can be a great way to deliver food, as you no longer need to go outside to place an order. Whether that is a good or a bad thing, we will let you guys decide.
While it is not much, the 10-minute delivery also means you get the item in that time period after ordering. This leaves you with less time waiting, and more time enjoying the order. 10 minutes also ensures your food (if that is what you ordered) arrives still hot. Nobody wants cold food arriving an hour late because of traffic problems. With flying drones delivering to your doorstep, your cravings are satisfied within a short amount of time.
The distance limit also encapsulates the program to within the city itself. Neighboring areas may want a taste of the drone magic, but they may not be able to partake. Still, Helsinki is a fairly populated metropolis and can provide decent data during deliveries.
In a world where attention and patience is short, will drone deliveries succeed?