willspring55, December 2, 2013
By A Barr
Amazon.com is testing delivering packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said on the CBS TV news show 60 Minutes Sunday.
idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the
small, unmanned aircraft, through a service the company is calling Prime
Air, the CEO said.
Bezos played a demo video on 60 Minutes
that showed how the aircraft, also known as octocopters, will pick up
packages in small yellow buckets at Amazon’s fulfillment centers and fly
through the air to deliver items to customers after they hit the buy
button online at Amazon.com.
The goal of the new delivery system
is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less, the
world’s largest Internet retailer said. Putting Prime Air into
commercial use will take “some number of years” as Amazon develops the
technology further and waits for the Federal Aviation Administration to
come up with rules and regulations, the company added.
Bezos told 60 Minutes
that the service could be up and running in as few as four years —
although he noted that he is an optimist when it comes to such things.
“One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today,” the company said.
is the latest futuristic effort by Bezos, who was an e-commerce pioneer
in the 1990s and more recently popularized the e-reader — while
pursuing personal projects such as private spaceflight and a 10,000-year
clock built inside a mountain.