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Amazon Looking to Future With Delivery Drones

Amazon image — Amazon's upcoming initiative, PrimeAir, will use drones to deliver packages to customers' homes.

Amazon will soon be going to new heights to deliver packages to customers’ front doors within half an hour of the order being placed.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos revealed to CBS’ Charlie Rose that, in the next five years, the eCommerce king is planning to use autonomous ‘octocopters’ — essentially a small drone — that relies on GPS to deliver customers’ packages from nearby fulfillment centers.

“I know this looks like science fiction,” Bezos said. “It’s not.”

The initiative, which has been dubbed Amazon PrimeAir, will only be used to deliver packages that weigh five pounds or less.

“These generations of vehicles, it could be a 10-mile radius from a fulfillment center,” Bezos told Rose on 60 Minutes. “So, in urban areas, you could actually cover very significant portions of the population. And so, it won’t work for everything; you know, we’re not gonna deliver kayaks or table saws this way. These are electric motors, so this is all electric; it’s very green, it’s better than driving trucks around.”

Bezos said the technology is still in the development phase and the company must also receive FAA approval.

The FAA is currently working on rules for unmanned aerial vehicles with a focus on public safety. While it is not known when the new rules will be in place, Bezos said it could be by 2015 and the drones could then be in the sky the year after.

“One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today,” the company said on an FAQ page. “Safety will be our top priority. Our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards.”

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  • This is one of the best pieces of marketing I have seen. Showing a product that will never exist for 10 or more years. Here is why:

    1) The flight time of these type of flying devices are 30 minutes at best. This doesn’t give enough time for the flight and return.

    2) The FAA or any body that is concerned about what is above out heads will ever allow thousands of flying objects that could drop out of the sky at anytime.

    3) The logistics of delivering and getting returned a plastic box for delivery.

    4) The cost far outweighs the benefit. Thus no one will pay for it other than a few geeks like me to say that got a package air lifted to their home.

    Come on Jeff. We know the real reason for this. You got some amazing press just before Cyber Monday. Brilliant. Now let’s focus on using your purchase of warehouse robots to put America out of work.

    Nathaniel
    PinkCherry.com

  • I have to say I agree with you Nathaniel. It seems totally pie-in-the-sky (excuse the slight pun) to imagine this would be in operation by 2015.
    I can see all the law suits resulting from use of this delivery method.
    Since this news seems so silly, I might suggest it’s just a bit of a joke at someone’s expense?

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