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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RE: Ain't going to happen.
12/2/2013 3:53:23 PM
These have many safety concerns that are impossible to eliminate.
There's millions of tons of aircraft flying over our perspective heads every day, each one with enough destructive potential to wreck a city.
I think our society could handle a few delivery RC copters.
RE: Ain't going to happen.
12/3/2013 2:34:46 AM
Aircraft is monitored by air traffic control all over the world. Even civilian aircraft is monitored. And they are all piloted by highly trained pilots, with good understanding of how aviation works. So the challenge for Amazon is: need to pay high salary to their pilots that operate the drones, need to subject to strict regulations that service their drones regularly to keep them in top conditions. And how many drones are they planning to fly? If there are just a few then it probably is not going to have any significant impact except to generate publicity. If there are too many, they will have to find a lot of qualified pilots which will cause them a lot of money. And landing the drone will be an issue if the delivery is to a city due to too much obstruction. And how are they going to avoid the legal liability of one of the pilot going rogue and fly the drone in a destructive manner? It is simply cheaper to find a truck driver to deliver the package instead of flying a drone. At least they will not have to worry bad weather grounding their drones.
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