Posted by cageymaru 2:36 PM (CST)
Friday December 28, 2018
Over 1,000 Australians living in the flight path of the Alphabet Project Wing delivery drone service have signed a petition and submitted it to the local legislative assembly to have the service terminated. Bonython Against Drones is a group of residents that say the cameras on the drones are intrusive, the sound coming from the drones is noisy and the service is unnecessary. Residents liken the sound emitted from the high pitched propellers on the delivery drones as reminiscent to a "chain saw gone ballistic" or "F1 car." 64 year old resident Robyn McIntyre says that she's heard 10 drones fly over her home in a 2 1/2 hour time span.
Customers can order items such as coffee, food, hardware supplies, and over-the-counter medications from various local retailers with the autonomous drone service. Some residents stay indoors to avoid the high pitched whine of the drones and wildlife such as the local magpie population launch dive bomb attacks at the drones. Not all of Robyn McIntyre's neighbors are against the drones. Ms. Clarke, who has three children, orders multiple simple items daily such as sunscreen lotion. It takes her 25 minutes to travel to the store and back alone. It only takes 7 minutes for the drone to deliver it. Vietnam veteran Warwick Brooker, 72, said, "If flying burritos bring joy to others, I can live with that." The Wing service is coming to Finland in 2019.
Wing, which has been testing drones in Australia since 2014, said it hopes to improve the service. It is developing a quieter drone. It modified flight paths so the drones, equipped with 12 rotors to hover and two propellers, don't fly over the same houses all the time. And it slowed down the drones, which have a top speed of roughly 78 miles an hour. A Wing-commissioned study from advisory firm AlphaBeta determined that drone deliveries in Canberra alone could reduce delivery costs for businesses by about $9 million annually.