Amazon Wants To Use Drones To Deliver Your Packages Faster
December 3, 2013
Amazon just announced their new delivery service program Prime Air. It’s designed for last minute shoppers and people that want their purchases immediately (we’re talking 30 minutes, one hour TOPS). There are a lot of questions we have about this right off the bat. Like is this legal? How does Amazon have the technology to make drones? What if you live in an apartment? Will the drone still drop the package at your door?
Even though they’re still in the R&D phase, Prime Air is expected to be available in 4-5 years, said Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos. That seems a little ambitious to us, but Bezos was pretty confident about the time frame when he let the secret out on “60 Minutes.” The service will work for packages 5 pounds and under, which includes about 80% of the purchases on Amazon. And since the company has 96 distribution centers around the country, all areas are covered.
Right now, Amazon is working on getting FAA approval and testing the system for safety (phew!). During the interview Bezos said, “The hard part here is putting in all the redundancy. All the reliability to say this can’t land on someone’s head.” We have no idea what he means by “redundancy,” but we’re sure glad he doesn’t want to knock any of us out. Could you imagine this on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. We’d feel like we were in a “Transformers” movie or something. And we don’t even want to think about how much this will cost (there def won’t be free shipping).
Check out the a video of Prime Air in action below:
What do you think? Would you use this service?
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