Amazon Prime Air: Retailer unveils drone delivery service

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In what looks like a service from the Back to the Future universe, Amazon has unveiled its newest innovation: home delivery by unmanned drones known as ‘octocopters’.

A video released by the company shows a small package being put together on an assembly line before being carried to a overgrown remote control helicopter, which picks it up and flies off to its final destination.

Amazon Prime Air Retailer unveils drone delivery service
And before you think the video is a simple publicity stunt that won’t become reality for decade –  Amazon has said the service, known as Prime Air, could fill the skies by 2015.

“I know this looks like science fiction, but it’s not,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview with CBS.

“One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today,” the company added on its website.

“From a technology point of view, we’ll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is actively working on rules for unmanned aerial vehicles.”

Amazon hopes that through use of the drones, packages weighing up to 2.3 kg will be in the hands of customers within 30 minutes of them placing an order.

In the US, the FAA has approved the use of drones by police and government agencies and has already issued around 1,400 permits.

Now, by 2015 US airspace is expected to be opened up to all kinds of commercial drones, with Europe quickly following suit in 2016, when everything from books to pizza could be delivered by the aerial robots.

 

Source: independent.co.uk

2 Responses

  1. aj weishar says:

    This is a hacker’s dream, free stuff from Amazon, plus a remote control drone. How dumb are these people??? Creative hackers will divert these deliveries to the poor or drop them in rush hour traffic, like manna from Amazon.

  2. 5 War Veteran says:

    Really? No really stupid. Why? Because little Sally will get her fingers cutoff and rover will get killed and my favorite sparrow Captain Jack will hit into the blades causing one to shatter and this damned thing will veer off into my neighbors quick set above ground pool causing it to rupture dumping 10,000 gallons of water instantly into my sunroom shattering the walls while little Macy drowns in her play crib.

    Then in a related accident while I am calling the “authorities” another drone will drop a box on my head snapping my neck instantly causing me to fall on my wife big Macy and killing her while she is trying to give little Macy CPR.

    Imagine the headlines. “If I had a real daughter it would have looked like Trayvon.”

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