Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s Drone program is much like what Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is doing with its Glass program, Jon Fortt said in a report on CNBC.
Although the opinion of the CNBC host definitely connotes that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is doing something advance and may be considered early for its time just like Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is doing with its wearables project, it also hints at some of the problems and issues hounding the project.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) envisions a future when orders from its massive online marketplace are fulfilled by its drones. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) envisions a future when people interact with their surroundings through Google services made available by its Glass eyewear.
Fortt noted that people may ask, “Is that taking a picture of my house? What is it doing?” Just as people have raised privacy issues with Google Glass, so too may they raise privacy concerns with Amazon’s drones.
This issue as well as safety and a basic framework for unmanned aircrafts for the enterprise sector is exactly one of the issues the United States Federal Aviation Authority is tackling.
It has led to Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) threatening to develop its drones in other places, a thing which some experts don’t want to happen as they say the U.S. will benefit from research in this field and the consequent industry it will spawn if indeed the technology becomes commercial.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) also has interest in developing drones as well as other automated vehicles such as driver-less cars.
Eashwar Krishnan’s Tybourne Capital Management owned 412,725 Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) shares by the end of September. Also by the end of the same month, Stanley Druckenmiller’s Duquesne Capital owned 166,810 Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) shares.