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A remote part of the Australian state of Queensland has been chosen by Google’s clandestine research facility for...

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A remote part of the Australian state of Queensland has been chosen by Google’s clandestine research facility for testing the company’s future drone delivery fleet. The system has tremendous potential to transport goods more quickly, Google[x] claims.
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  1. Coupled with google driverless cars unfathomable loss of human logistics work

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  2. What surprises me more than this (this has been in the 'wings' for some time now) is the lack of rigid dirribles.  A helium based rigid dirrigble would be able to land and take off vertically, where as these drones have to drop loads from a great height with a parachute.  Needless to say the payloads would be bigger on a dirrigble and fragile items would not be all shook up by being dropped from a height.  And they would be quieter and cheaper to run.  Not only that, I think that there will be a new entrepreneur class who will tap into the potential of driverless trains, trucks and dirrigble drones to support communities anywhere in the world, not just remote outposts.  So I think logistics will change, not go away!

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  3. Oh, and while I am on my high horse, rigid dirrigbles have the ability to stay suspended in one spot with minimal effort, so they can just float there and watch from one place, without the need for rotating cameras and the need for a pilot to keep swooping  a position.  So much more potential! :)

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  4. Yes agree logistics will change, economically the automation will be cheaper for the entrepreneur. My point is many people currently employed in logistics will either have to find a role in the new automated system or will be made redundant. A losing proposition for many, a winning proposition for a few.

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  5. Additive technologies will contribute further to the logistical impact - once there are reasonably accessible 3D printing/cutting stations around the only requirment for many consumer goods will be a .stl file.  These automated devlivery tools can be used for supplementary components that can't, at this stage, be printed.

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