The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published some official rules for drone use in the US, and they really put a damper on some of the fun scenarios Amazon had been imagining. But Guy Courtin writes for ZDNet that there are still ways for drones to have a happy home in the supply chain.
Drone Today, Gone Tomorrow
Drones can take care of asset monitoring, such as in agriculture, oil and gas, and mining. They can also be used for remote delivering, as seen with remote German islands in the North Sea. Courtin further predicts that the tight regulations currently dreamed up by the FAA are likely to loosen with time, in which case more options will open up. In this case, windows of delivery will shrink, so that small deliveries (like for books or hamburgers) can be made in an instant. You might even be able to track somebody by their phone so as to send the drone directly to the person, even when he or she is not home. For more, you can read the full article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/drones-still-useful-in-supply-chains-despite-faa-regulations/