Quick Note: Amazon to Use Unmanned Drones for 30 Minute Package Deliveries
December 2, 2013 11:51 AM
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It should finish testing in about four to five years
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.
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12/2/2013 1:02:50 PM
I can see this going over real well in gang neighborhoods. "Ready, aim ..."
RE: Target practice
12/2/2013 3:26:41 PM
A well-placed shot could take out the drone while "delivering" the package to the shooter.
RE: Target practice
12/4/2013 11:55:19 AM
Most gangs aren't known for their impeccable markmanship, just saying.
To hit a drone that size from more than 500 feet away while it's on the move would take a very good shot to say the least.
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