Amazon testing air delivery drones

Prime Air could get your package to you in under 30 minutes

by Mark Hodgkinson Dec 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

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    Amazon testing air delivery drones
    No need to check your calendar, it isn’t the 1st of April, this is for real.
    Amazon is testing a new delivery method that is straight from the pages of a sci-fi novel. The retail giants are calling it ‘Prime Air’ as the service will make use of unmanned aerial vehicles that will make deliveries to customers in as a little as 30 minutes.
    Service could be up and running by 2015
    Looking at the video, it seems Amazon’s R&D is at a fairly advanced stage and they say they aim to have Prime Air ready for customers some time in 2015.

    Clearly Amazon isn’t going to be able to launch (pun unavoidable) the service without some governmental approval and they are currently seeking a license for it to be used as a commercial vehicle. Apparently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is actively working on rules for unmanned aerial vehicles, with the emphasis of public safety. You wouldn’t want one of those dropping on your head, even if it did contain a PS4 or Xbox One.

    One day, Amazon says, the sight of aerial delivery drones riding through the sky will become as common as seeing a mail vans driving down the road, we just hope it doesn’t beget a whole new form of air piracy.

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