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.
Check out more info on the drones from Amazon
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RE: Ain't going to happen.
12/3/2013 2:38:18 AM
If we cannot even allow self driving cars on the road yet, how do you think the society will have allowed self flying drones in the sky? They will demand actual human pilot actively monitor and control EACH drone.
RE: Ain't going to happen.
12/3/2013 7:55:38 PM
Not that I'm against this kind of tech, but some ground rules also need to be set. If the drone is using public right of way then fine, but as soon as one flies over my back yard then game on.
At least I have a few years to saving up for my own air superiority drone.
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