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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 1prophet on 12/3/2013 12:39:14 PM , Rating: 2
A valid reason would be when you can't get insurance or the costs are ridiculously high for these drones,

think of all the sue happy lawyers eying Amazon or some other big company owning the drones.


RE: Ain't going to happen.
By nafhan on 12/4/2013 11:54:19 AM , Rating: 2
You won't be able to get real numbers regarding insurance or liability costs on a hypothetical drone fleet because it doesn't exist.

In other words: you have no idea if it's a valid reason, and neither do I.


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