Drone Photographer Weighs In On Amazon Announcement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — West Michigan photographer Marc Blondin says he doesn’t see how Amazon will be able to implement its drone delivery system in the immediate future.

Blondin, who uses so-called UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to take pictures for A&G Images, says the machines cost thousands of dollars, and he thinks the risk of tampering and package theft will be a constant problem for the retail giant.

Amazon announced plans to implement drone delivery in the next few years on Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes.


6 Comments to “Drone Photographer Weighs In On Amazon Announcement”

    pulpfictionfan said:
    December 3, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    A photographer thinks it can't be done? Not once did Amazon say it was going to be very soon, more likely five plus years or more likely a few more. This article is a sad unfortunate example of incredibly poor reporting. It is sad when the general public gets a story wrong, but much, much worse when a counted on source for news gets it even more scrambled. I doubt Mr. Photographer has all the facts, and I am sure Fox 17 doesn't.

    pulpfictionfan said:
    December 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    No, actually, they didn't say ANYTHING about the "next few years". The CEO was quite upfront that they were a long way from drones delivering packages. LMA off at Marc Blondin and his assumptions about theft issues. The thing is so far off yet and so much still needs to be figured out… as was made VERY VERY CLEAR by Amazon… I wonder if Mr. Blondin even listened to the newscast. Did anyone at Fox 17 actually hear what was said????

    Peter said:
    December 3, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Don't even try and fly those damn things near my home.
    private air space- mine!

    Brandon said:
    December 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I wonder if they won't fly these to the southern states in fear of redneck target practice. lol

    Marc said:
    December 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    My comment was, and I quote “RIGHT NOW almost impossible”

    It could it happen in the future, it is anyone’s guess. Surely the safety and privacy issues will need to be worked out and that is not coming soon. I was pretty clear on the hurdles needed to overcome Other issues such weather conditions and safe drop off locations are a ways away from being figured out. be cool to see but…..

    Amazon is not first with this idea. Pizza hut showed one delivering, as well as someone delivering dry cleaning. Great marketing, but i will look for a Jetson type hover craft to deliver before a UAV does. All very interesting stuff though

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