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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 retrospooty on 12/2/2013 5:39:13 PM , Rating: 2
UPS and Fedex drop off packages on most peoples door ring the bell and go, no interface at all unless its shipped with the "signature required" option. EVen with that, you can sign the ticket and have them drop it off at your door. It's just a disclaimer. If it comes in 30-60 minutes, you need to be home to accept or it is your risk/loss. If you werent home, why would you order this? Just use the normal method. This is for the in a hurry delivery and I am sure will cost more. No-one would use this if they werent going to be there.

RE: Wow
By retrospooty on 12/2/2013 5:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
Another possible option that could even replace the "signature required" option... If it is marked that way, the drone beeps outside your door. You open the door and wave it in, it takes your snapshot and drops it off. Any discrepancies, they refer to the snapshot and say this person opened the front door and accepted the delivery.

I would totally agree to that. Great service. All positives and no negatives.

RE: Wow
By blue_urban_sky on 12/3/2013 5:11:29 AM , Rating: 2
Show it a barcode and it will release your package with a loverly little parachute :)

RE: Wow
By retrospooty on 12/3/2013 7:42:58 AM , Rating: 2
Yup and its all tied up with the terms of service disclaimer... If you don't agree to the terms, or wont be home, or feel uncomfortable in any way just don't use it. Pick the cheaper next day options that are delivered on trucks.

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