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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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RE: Wow
By DT_Reader on 12/2/2013 3:30:28 PM , Rating: 2
The problem isn't when Amazon starts doing it, the problem is when USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc. all start doing it. I doubt we want our skies full of drones, and when two drones collide, whose fault is it? Mix in the police drones that many communities are trying to ban and I really don't see this being allowed.

RE: Wow
By Keeir on 12/2/2013 3:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
When two drones collide...

While I am sure that this will occur, assuming these drones typically operate in the 50-500 foot airspace, there is an astonishing amount of airspace available. Assigning companies 10-20 foot bands would significantly reduce collisions.

I'd be more worried about effect on wildlife in having hundreds of drones flying around similiar to birds of prey.

RE: Wow
By Mitch101 on 12/2/2013 4:48:17 PM , Rating: 4
They have to use drones because Unladen Swallows (both African and European) are not common in the US and I looked to see if Amazon sells a Coconut too. There goes my quest.

RE: Wow
By V-Money on 12/2/2013 5:54:07 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't imagine it would be too difficult. When I was in the Navy there were more or less "shipping lanes" that boats would adhere to and as I was on submarines we would use "operating areas" to prevent us from colliding into one another. Something similar could be established I'm sure.

RE: Wow
By superflex on 12/3/2013 12:24:47 PM , Rating: 2
Wait 'till one of Bezos' drones takes out a Bald Eagle on video.

RE: Wow
By retrospooty on 12/2/2013 5:49:11 PM , Rating: 2
" when two drones collide"

Not going to happen. I dont think you are familiar with the tech. See below...

RE: Wow
By M'n'M on 12/2/2013 7:13:41 PM , Rating: 2
Given the lack of air police, I wonder how long it'll be before enterprising teenagers deploy their HK drones, dropping string into the props of Amazons octocopters to down them for their parts ... and maybe something nifty from Amazon too !

Death from Above !!

RE: Wow
By Alexvrb on 12/2/2013 11:42:17 PM , Rating: 2
As long as they paint Pirate markings on their drones (preferably using FTL art as a template) I'm on board. Make sure you hit them with an EMP to disable their tracking devices!

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