Amazon is planning to deliver packages to customers within 30 minutes by using its flying machines, i.e. “octocopter” drones that are planned to be launched commercially within next 4-5 years. The new delivery system is known as ‘Prime Air’ by Amazon.
Amazon’s chief executive Jeff Bezos revealed the new delivery system while talking with CBS host Charlie Rose on his 60 Minutes program today.
The drones can deliver in a 10-mile radius from the center, so “in urban areas, you could actually cover very significant portions of the population,” Bezos notes. This delivery system would cover about 86% of the items, of about 5 pounds weight, delivered by the company.
The company is working on the machines by testing them and is also working on the regulations required for this system.
“Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations,” Amazon noted on Prime Air site.
Amazon Prime Air – http://goo.gl/mx8Vnw
60 Minutes – CBS (http://goo.gl/1Cyn9n)