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It should finish testing in about four to five years

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he wanted to use unmanned "Prime Air" drones for small package delivery. 

During a "60 Minutes" interview with CBS correspondent Charlie Rose, Bezos said the company is currently testing unmanned, octocopter drones called "Prime Air" that have the ability to deliver small packages to customers in just 30 minutes.


The speedy delivery system would pick up packages up to five pounds in weight and deliver them directly to customers' homes or businesses. This could be pretty helpful to Amazin, since packages under five pounds represent about 86 percent of packages that Amazon delivers.

Bezos added that the Prime Air drones are only in testing right now, and they need more safety testing and FAA approvals before they can be used regularly. According to Bezos, this should be in about four to five years. 

Check out more info on the drones from Amazon here.

Sources: CBS News, Amazon



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Restricted air space
By Ahnilated on 12/2/2013 12:56:41 PM , Rating: 2
What about all the issues with restricted air space that these things would have to fly through?

I know I sure wouldn't want all this stuff flying over head with the possibility of falling out of the sky onto me or my house/car. It is bad enough that we have to deal with the blue waste bombs from airliners and satellites or pieces from them falling out of the sky.




RE: Restricted air space
By ipay on 12/2/2013 1:15:16 PM , Rating: 1
I think you mean controlled airspace; restricted airspace is not that common. Either way... they'd navigate around them... just like pilots do now.


RE: Restricted air space
By nafhan on 12/3/2013 10:04:16 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
It is bad enough that we have to deal with the blue waste bombs from airliners and satellites or pieces from them falling out of the sky.
I'm curious about how often you've dealt with those things. Is that a big problem where you live?


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