Amazon.com Delivery Drones

Amazon "Prime Air" Drone. ~Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Amazon “Prime Air” Drone.
~Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Amazon.com, the world’s largest online retailer, has now introduced “Amazon Prime Air.”

According to Amazon, they plan on having unmanned drones deliver small packages to customers’ doorsteps.

The packages would have to be about five pounds or less, and the delivery would take about 30 minutes.

Amazon is hoping to have Prime Air available for a delivery option by 2015, if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will allow it that is. Amazon stated, “We’ll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place […] The FAA is actively working on rules and an approach for unmanned aerial vehicles that will prioritize public safety.”

Drone delivering a package. ~Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Drone delivering a package.
~Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

There are however a few concerns that Amazon has yet to address, like where the drones can travel, how much Prime Air will cost, how the drones will avoid birds, and what’s keeping people from capturing the drones and stealing the packages.

Prime Air may be a controversial idea but Amazon is working hard to make it happen.

According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, “Amazon may eventually have thousands of robot flying machines buzzing through neighborhoods across America, dropping off everything from shoes to consumer electronics.”

Amazon drones incorporate eight propellers, it can still fly if one fails. ~Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Amazon drones incorporate eight propellers, it can still fly if one fails.
~Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Some may think this is a terrible idea with many flaws, but others may think its a revolutionary futuristic concept that will forever change the delivery system.

Bezo states in a 60 Minutes interview, “It will work, and it will happen, and it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

 

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