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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 Souka on 12/2/2013 5:41:23 PM , Rating: 2
Less than 5 lbs, but such delivery cost will likely be $25-50

No mention of delivery cost.. but I work at a hospital, such a service could easily be setup (blood bank roof to hospital roof) and be a life saver.


RE: Wow
By retrospooty on 12/3/2013 9:52:04 AM , Rating: 2
They have already been experimenting with Pizza delivery in the UK with this. No humans or automobiles involved, means its cheaper for the company to use.

http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/06/do...

Sorry if anyone doesnt like it, its coming. UPS is on it too, and if they are , so are Fedex, DHL and everyone else - because it makes fiscal sense and helps the customer at the same time.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/3/5169878/ups-is-r...

No losers here, except truck drivers maybe LOL. But that is the cost of progress. There weren't alot of livery's left after the car became popular, but the world will move on.


RE: Wow
By Just Tom on 12/9/2013 11:34:07 AM , Rating: 2
It was an one time thing. This is not experimentation, it is a publicity stunt. Hell, it was even run by an ad agency.


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