Amazon working on drones to deliver packages in under 30 minutes; ‘It looks like science fiction, but it’s real’

By George Chidi
Sunday, December 1, 2013 20:38 EDT
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks regular mail is too 20th century. Why wait for overnight delivery, when a helicopter drone can drop your package on your doorstep in half an hour?

Or, so goes the thinking behind Amazon Prime Air, which the tech entrepreneur insists is not parody or a put-on.

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

The autonomous drones would fly directly from one of Amazon’s 96 fulfillment centers to the address of the recipient, carrying packages under five pounds. Bezos told Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes.

Watch a test flight of the Prime drone below.

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