The Current State of Delivery Drones

The Current State of Delivery Drones

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  1. 4kgotit beats on January 4, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Great video. In my opinion the future will be a "mix" of all the various technologies seen in the video. For example, if the boring company proceeds their work, delivery companies could route big or small veichles through their tunnels, and since the small ground delivery drones don’t take much space they would benefit a lot from it. Flying drones could be used for high priority p2p deliveries.

  2. Roger on January 4, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    How could you mention Flirtey before Wing, which actually completed 100k deliveries to beta customers last year?

  3. Carl Hewitt on January 4, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    And no flying cars. Want my money back

  4. Olga Cayetano on January 4, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    I can see this happening in a couple years. Would love to know a stock besides Amazon where I can invest on those drones 😎

  5. TREE TREE on January 4, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    this guy makes the best videos

  6. Humans of VR on January 4, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    i was watching this thinking this was a million + sub channel
    John you’re underrrated

  7. Caty on January 4, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Human-controlled sidewalk delivery robots is a silly idea. That same human could just use a bike and deliver the parcel themselves. It’s healthier and encourages human interaction which our society needs very much today

  8. Hrithwik Bharadwaj on January 4, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    This was a insightful video 🔥

  9. Salamandius Braveheart on January 4, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Noise pollution? Have you ever been to Asia?

  10. Elias Håkansson on January 4, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Speaking of, erm, drones? I wonder if we’ll get to a point where we’ll just use drones to carry people up buildings instead of elevators. I mean it would get around the elevator conundrum, which is becoming an ever more pressing problem as skyscrapers become taller and cities become denser. So you’d just have a set of drones parked outside the lobby of a building, you’d board one, insert your key card or whatever, and it flies you to your balcony/entrance.

  11. Salamandius Braveheart on January 4, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Electricity is still too expensive la

  12. yugeswar Reddy on January 4, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    This is very helpful for my research 😜 thanks a lot

  13. Jesse Michels on January 4, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    I was wondering what happened to delivery drones!!!

  14. lei feng on January 4, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    6:45 Pulp Fiction…wow wow wow, hold your horse..😊😊

  15. S.Seetha Padman on January 4, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    It’s a drelivery

  16. First Last on January 4, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Using Amazon as the benchmark shows you don’t understand the industry. Amazon failed miserably in drones not because of the un-viability of the industry. They failed because of (1) Early on, they arrogantly TOLD the FAA what they were going to do and this pissed off the FAA and the FAA shut them down (2) they focused on a VERY small payload and VERY short range drone meant for house deliveries while the regulations don’t allow that, YET, and, based on first hand Amazon knowledge (3) their drone business was just a side hobby with very poor focus, random managers just thrown in to run it and not a culture of excellence at all. Amazon is good at software. Even their warehouse robots are not their own, they bought Kiva. This is a perfect example of a big arrogant company trying to do something where they have no expertise. Money isn’t the only drive of success. The successful companies will be those who FOCUS on drone delivery as their core, not as one of many activities. It’s complex regulations and technology. Also, the technology hasn’t YET evolved. It will take time still. But it’s coming.

  17. Ozzy Explains on January 4, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Yo, I’m here at 3 views. I’ve officially peaked 😂🏆😭. Awesome vid, John!

  18. Alex M on January 4, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    The medical drones are a super interesting idea and I could see where it could have a big impact for rural areas. If Amazon ever gets the flying drone delivery accomplished, a huge perk would be if customers could designate a drop off location. I would love to designate a spot in my backyard and not have to worry about porch pirates.

  19. 𝕌dahamulle ℕandarathana ℍimi on January 4, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Great video ❤👍

  20. JS Bits with Bill on January 4, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks for this vid! Speaking of broken technological promises, do you feel that 5G has not lived up to the hype? Seems like 3 years ago it would be a game changer but it feels like very little has changed since.

  21. Rhys Knight on January 4, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Consistently some of the best content on the platform. Love it

  22. Jameel Ja on January 4, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    That pipedream company is going to be a pipedream. That’s not going to happen.

  23. Tom on January 4, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    This music is feeding my anxiety and making me panic about delivery drones

  24. Michael Alperstein on January 4, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    This is a great summary of the current state of the drone industry. However, I wonder if you’re aware of Drone Delivery Canada? Although there are still more hurdles to go through, they are doing actual deliveries in remote locations as well as at a major airport in Canada.

  25. black tophead on January 4, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    @7:00 mark is the best but food underground with sewage is DISGUSTING PS It takes months sometimes years just to fix one street. How many DECADES would us drivers have to deal with DETOURS because of a science idea 💡

  26. Garv on January 4, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    I was just waiting for your videos

  27. Future Fox on January 4, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    No idea why you dont get at least 50k-100k per video yet. Like many here we all know the videos on this channel are a lot better than many other videos getting way more views. Come on youtube algo stop slacking

  28. Jg Rsb on January 4, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Jeff hasn’t been focusing on amazon at all in my opinion. His warehouses are very backwards compared to other warehouses. Surprisingly amazon still isn’t very automated and relies on workers to do tasks other have automated already. Chinese warehouses are far more automated.

  29. FinalBox on January 4, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    I am a simple human being: I see a brand new video from my favorite content creator, I automatically hit the like button 👍

  30. Chris Yu on January 4, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Can you talk more about crypto or blockchain?

  31. Tim Bryan on January 4, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    This was a really, really good breakdown of the current state of autonomous delivery. There’s boku bucks to be made by anyone who can solve last mile delivery. I think the college campuses are probably the best place for the in ground tubes though, and those could be used to prototype municipal sized systems (sort of like a hyperloop, but for your pizza). I could easily see this being a system that is built out for towns as well as apartment complexes (and an amenity the complex could brag about). One of the hardest parts of being a delivery driver is dealing with the unintuitive layout of an apartment complexes, and Amazon Hubs are a godsend.

    I could also see an autonomous vehicle paired with a human delivery driver, so a company wins brownie points for having a friendly human face (and a job for that person), while the autonomous vehicle safely and accurately transports the packages to the rough vicinity of the delivery point.

    Aerial delivery drones seem best for rural deliveries/low density areas.

  32. rudy ls on January 4, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    As usual: to level quality content

  33. Flood Bringer on January 4, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Finally, I will always click on any "Broken Promises" video – simply to see a steelman of the opposing view (yes I’ve been binging too much Thiel).

  34. black tophead on January 4, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    GO OVERSEAS!!!!! In foreign countries delivery drones are PERFECTLY legal. AMERICANS ARE VERY SLOW 💯

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