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Using drones to carry out supplies and provide help.

I know this has probably been thought of before, but the question resides in when will it happen?
Its easy to see how far we've gone, just look at the video. Its amazing. I see drones such as these and the Parrot 2.0 and wonder why they arent putting them to use?
Sure, Amazon has their drone program to deliver goods, so does Pizza Hut in the UK, but when will the drones actually be used to carry medical supplies from base to base or villiage in Africa? When will they be used to find survivors in earthquakes and tsunamis?
I understand that certain things are too heavy to carry, but drones are capable of amazing things, and these are only the ones weve seen!

Im sure governments have programs to design drones, but basically for espionage (naturally). They SHOULD make a program to develop drones and technology to HELP people, to SAVE people. There are drones with WiFi, radio, 1080p cameras, and drones like these, but surely there is much more being made behind the curtain.
Other robots are being designed to help in situations such as the ones mentioned, but none have really been seen in action, though they have proved their capabilities.

I believe there must be a technological development program made by an organization with support by robotics, aviation and technological organizations to develop and provide drones to support people in need around the world.


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  • Dec 8 2013: About me, i think drones are a good idea because it's easy to enter difficult to place with them. It is more environmentally friendly. But these drones will be easily Trappable, they can not deliver everything.
    In many countries, there are stupid people who are capable of destroying drones to see what they were carrying.
    And build armored drones would be too expensive.
    So I don't know if this is possible.

    On refueling in countries affected by tsunamis or earthquakes, I think it is a good idea because in this case people are affected by the events.

    Today drones are not yet developed enough but we will in the future if this type of technology will be used.

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