Speaking of autonomous vehicles, Amazon has been in the news recently. And two news items related to Amazon and autonomous (semi) vehicles that really caught my attention:
Now, there is this area in my mind that leads me to believe that the commercial market for drones is pretty big. I haven't done enough research to be able to a) think of the different ways that drones could be leveraged for day to day use and b) That being said, I also wouldn't know how big the market could be in dollar value evaluations. But when I hear of pizza being delivered through drones and obviously Amazon Prime. These kind of news items only strengthen my gut feeling about how the drone market is going to take off (pun intended).
Everything considered, I think the urban landscape needs to be re-designed to be able to accommodate an entire fleet of autonomous and semi-autonomous devices and machines. This would include, self driving cars, drones, robots e.t.c There are the obvious concerns relating to safety, security (theft) and privacy. Also, considering the fact that different modes of autonomous transportation will be travelling through different mediums (land, air, sea) and at different speed. You need to set standards and classifications, so that these very standards can be built as part and parcel for any new urban development.
I think, doing so would also expedite the initiative for having these autonomous devices out in the public. As all the problems and solutions to them would be thought through and the standards that control the operations would have been defined.
Want your pizza delivered by a drone. 5 years, is too long of a time for anyone to wait for this to turn into a reality. That is timeline being projected for Amazon Prime Air at the very least.