Amazon is testing a delivery service that uses 8-propeller drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order being placed.
The service, which still requires more testing and clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration, could take to the skies as soon as four to five years, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told Charlie Rose during an interview Sunday on “60 Minutes.”
See a promo clip of this thing in action here:
A continuation of the trend toward automation … these deliveries will be made by completely unmanned aerial vehicles, using GPS to deliver their cargo – with similar services already in effect in in China, and Australia. Amazon said in an FAQ that the FAA is working on creating rules governing use of unmanned aerial vehicles. These machines have the potential to disrupt and further diminish the human labor force in the shipping and distribution industries.
“One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today,”
This is the internet’s most animated animator saying … “Yeah it looks cool, but what about those predictable clowns who’ll happily down your important package with a slingshot?!”