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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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Legality.
By hughlle on 12/2/2013 1:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
Are these to be autonomous or controlled by "pilots".

What would be my legal position if say i was flying a kite and accidentally took down one of these destroying the drone and a pricey electrical good in the process. Like with boats, sails get priority over motors, so if my kite has an incident with a drone, are they responsible for buying me a new kite? :)

p.s i dont have a kite, but you get the idea.

Or how about a drone is delivering something and a car drives onto your driveway smashing it into some unusable pieces.

I just don't see the point to be honest. If the aim is short deliveries, then heck, fast food joints have been sending out pizzas for decades, surely they could just plonk a guy on a moped with a few items and say mush.




RE: Legality.
By flyingpants1 on 12/2/2013 3:32:40 PM , Rating: 2
The point is it's automatic and cheaper.. That should be obvious


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