Drones to deliver your shopping?

28 November 2014

online_shopping-- There's been a bit of chatter about Amazon employing a fleet of drones to make deliveries, which is all a bit futuristic.

Now, Boris Johnson with his disaster of a haircut, is saying he wants a personal drone to deliver his internet shopping from the sky at the thwack of a button. He's noticed that more people buy things online than they used to and this has seen an increase in vans on the road.

Speaking at a trade visit to Singapore, Johnson said he wanted to be able to use an app to guide flying robots anywhere in London.

Boris thinks it'll alleviate the craziness on the roads of Britain, and he's urging London's financial technology sector (FinTech) to provide a solution for that.

He said: "We have a problem, folks - all this internet shopping is leading to a massive increase in white van traffic dropping this stuff off - 45% it's going to go up on London in the next seven years. That's going to be terrible for congestion in our city and doubtless the same will be true of Singapore as well."

"I look out at this brilliant audience here today, bulging with ideas, and I ask you possibly to solve it. We need a solution... Is it, as I hope, going to be drones? I want to be controlling an app that enables my shopping not only to be click and collect... I want my own personal drone to come and drop it wherever I choose."

What could go wrong? A load of people navigating their own drones over a busy city? You can almost see a drone loaded up with bags of shopping dropping out of the sky into traffic, already.

TOPICS:   High Street News

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