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Amazon plans drone delivery to US customers

Published time: December 02, 2013 08:17
Edited time: December 03, 2013 09:46
This undated handout photo released by Amazon on December 1, 2013 shows a flying "octocopter" mini-drone that would be used to fly small packages to consumers. (AFP Photo / Amazon)

This undated handout photo released by Amazon on December 1, 2013 shows a flying "octocopter" mini-drone that would be used to fly small packages to consumers. (AFP Photo / Amazon)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced his company plans to use ‘octocopter’ mini-drones to deliver goods for US customers – in just 30 minutes.

The ‘Prime Air’ system is set to start running in four or five years. It requires additional safety testing and federal approval.

"I know this looks like science fiction. It's not," Bezos told CBS television's 60 Minutes program.

The technology is “very green,” he indicated. “It’s better than driving trucks around.”

The drones are set to be able to deliver packages that weigh up to 5lbs (2.3kg), which represents roughly 86 percent of packages that Amazon delivers, Bezos told, as quoted by Reuters.

The drones will be powered by electric motors, and are set to cover an area of 16km in radius. Their operations will be carried out autonomously, with GPS transmitted to the devices.

Amazon said the octocopters would be "ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place." The Federal Aviation is currently developing rules for unmanned vehicles.

The company in fact projected a more optimistic timeline than Bezos himself for the project to be activated, saying drones could commence deliveries as early as 2015.

The Amazon CEO’s statement comes about a month after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed a detailed scheme for drones to roam across American skies within the next two years.  

The plan set September 2015 as a deadline for integrating UAVs into US airspace, and six possible drone test sites will be selected out of 26 proposed ones by the end of 2013.

Comments (26)


Rak on 22.01.2014 01:49

Modern industrial revolution would not have happened without Robotic Machines. The world's strongest economies use robotic machines. Amazon is just continuing a trend, so I expect to see more use of drones in the coming future.


Alex 19.01.2014 08:02

This is complete idiotism. Also all this Amazon savings on shipping cost is another idiotism. Placing all these warehouses everywhere to save $2-$3 for each package is complete nonsense because it brings sells tax cost unlike other online retailers which completely covers those $2-$3 savings. USPS has Flat Rate Priority Mail shipping boxes and envelopes which for $5 to $15 will deliver most of the packages sold online within 2-3 days. I think public just has some psycopatalogy on word "SAVE" or "FREE" when there is nothing really to save or get for free. Everything has it's catch. Even birds stoped singing for free.


kelly m 02.01.2014 06:29

Ha Ha.. imagine people running out with a big net and scooping up the drones to smash them up.. and people using them for skeet to practice for shooting skeet targets.. if over their land and close to ground ANYTHING could happen to them.. sounds like a rediculous idea. And how are peoples items supposed to be protected. Lemme guess .. drone delivery insurance you pay for.. technology is good but bad people with it is no good. I worry for the whole worlds future in all countries with the evil possibilities tied to drones.

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