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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: Ain't going to happen.
By Reclaimer77 on 12/2/2013 4:44:58 PM , Rating: 2
I expected better from a tech site to be perfectly honest. I get all the people freaking out over this because "change is bad" and all that.

Honestly this place seems to be made up of mostly Luddites or something. Anytime some new technology comes up, it's instantly shouted down for being unsafe or for it being used in some unintended way.

I mean good grief, read some of the comments on the Google Glass restaurant article. Rampant paranoia and efforts to categorize it's users as rude voyeurs or something.

Cheaper then FedEx/UPS/USPS? Yes. Greener than FedEx/UPS/USPS? Yes. Faster than FedEx/UPS/USPS? Yes.

I would say safer too. The chances of the driver wrecking to deliver your package is way higher than this drone having an accident or whatever nonsense people are saying.

RE: Ain't going to happen.
By Labotomizer on 12/2/2013 4:49:14 PM , Rating: 2
Good point and removing the human factor will almost certainly make it safer. Just as cars will be safer because we won't be the ones controlling them.

And sadly the same responses seem to proliferate all the tech sites. I would expect people who are interested in technology and scientific news would be a little more forward thinking.

There are always some safety concerns I suppose but something that weights a total of 10 lbs falling from the sky isn't the end of the world. Oh, and it's an octocopter and can lose quite a few engines before it would "fall from the sky". And assuming it lost signal, loses engines or whatever else I'm sure it's programmed to find a safe place and just land.

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