Saturday, May 09, 2015

Amazon Drones May Home In On Your Smartphone

As Amazon explores new ways to deliver products to its customers, word comes that their drones may eventually track down customers via their smartphones, allowing deliveries to be made to people on the go:

Hope that Indian players like Flipkart and Snapdeal are paying attention. These ideas could open up distribution to locations where India's poor road infrastructure makes it harder to deliver to by road. ISRO is rolling out the new Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS - a local regional navigation system superior to GPS) which should become operational by yearend, and the country should take full advantage of it to develop new applications and business offerings. With India having the 2nd-largest cellphone user-base in the world, such new ideas could improve efficiency of distribution. Inconvenient travel distance is one of the main reasons why big-box retailers haven't taken off in India. A robust distribution system is important for a thriving domestic consumer market, and could also help boost domestic manufacturing ("Make in India").

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