A story about an online cafe has gone viral, sparking a new controversy.
The cafe is called The Drones and is currently being criticised for the use of drones to deliver packages to people living in Melbourne’s inner-city.
The story started in April when a website called TheDrones.com, which was run by Melbourne resident Chris O’Sullivan, posted an article about a group of people who were interested in purchasing a drone to deliver their packages.
“It’s going to be for the most part, it’s going be for just the delivery person, but it’s also the drone itself,” Mr O’Brien told ABC Radio Melbourne’s The Agenda.
Mr O’Briens delivery drone has a propeller attached to it that he says can deliver packages up to four metres high.
“I have a drone that is actually able to deliver parcels, that’s the size of a suitcase, that you can actually drop into the middle of the street, that is capable of delivering a package and deliver it within an hour or less,” Mr Mather said.
“And it’s the first one I’ve ever owned and it’s my favourite one, the best drone out there, so it’s got all the features.”
Mr OBrien said he had purchased his first drone in April.
“We bought a box of three, we’re using three, and it just keeps going, it keeps going,” he said.
Mr Mather was not happy with the way the delivery drone was being advertised.
“They are selling the drone for the price of a box, that it’s basically costing the owner of the drone a lot more than a box is costing the drone owner,” he told The Agenda, describing it as “absolutely ridiculous”.
“The price of this drone is so high that I can’t believe that the drone company is actually putting out that type of product,” Mr Dolan said.’
I think the whole concept of the concept of flying around with a drone is sort of the new frontier, we have these big planes now and the drone is an amazing technology and they are selling it for the same price as a box,” he added.’
You’re just putting your life in jeopardy’The delivery drone industry has been booming in recent years, with people like Mr Mairuus and Mr OBrien believing they could make a lot of money with it.”
You can fly it in a backyard and you can rent it out and you’re not risking your life and you’ve got a safe way to get home,” Mr Simeon said.
He said the drones had all the potential to be an invaluable tool for delivering packages to places that were not as easy to reach by public transport, like hospitals and prisons.”
The drones are the future of delivering packages in Australia,” Mr Killeen said.
But Mr OBrians delivery drone is not as good as he imagined it would be, and the community is angry.”
As a community, we can’t allow people to fly these drones out there and not be able to make a living,” Mr Breen said.
Ms Mather has already received a call from the company asking her to cancel the contract and to not fly the drone again.”
When I contacted them they were very adamant that they were just selling it to a hobbyist group and that there was nothing wrong with that,” she said.
While some residents have voiced their concerns about the drones, others have said they will continue to use them.”
If you’re flying a drone and you don’t know what the heck you’re doing, you’re just doing it wrong,” Ms Mather added.”
People are flying drones for fun, to have fun and to make their own hobby, I think that’s what we’re really going to see.
“We need to find ways to make it a bit safer.”
Topics:internet-technology,technology,federal—state-issues,government-and-politics,law-crime-and_courts,melbourne-3000,vic,auFirst posted May 03, 2018 13:59:55Contact Nicole MatherMore stories from Victoria