Amazon.com Experimenting with Drones for Same-Day Delivery
By Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
Amazon is pushing us closer to the world of The Jetsons with their latest announcement. Company CEO Jeff Bezos made an appearance on news program 60 Minutes Sunday night where he unveiled a secret project: “octocopter” drones that will fly packages directly to customers’ doorsteps within 30 minutes of placing an order in a program called Amazon Prime Air.
The drones will be capable of delivering items up to five pounds in weight, which Bezos said makes up 86 percent of Amazon packages. They would pick up parcels from one of the company’s massive warehouses, or distribution centers, and fly them to customers’ homes within a 10-mile radius of said centers.
However, don’t expect those drones to deliver packages this holiday season. Bezos said they still need to get FAA approval, plus there is still much testing to be done in regards to safety and other additional regulations. If all goes according to plan, expect the drones to be available within 4-5 years.
Amazon has long been testing ways to get products to consumers faster by offering incentives for their web store as opposed to brick-and-mortar retailers. In fact, the company said last month they would be teaming up with the United States Postal Service to offer Sunday delivery to members of its $79-a-year Amazon Prime program.
Check out the video below to watch the drones in action!