It’s a bird!
It’s a plane!
It’s your Amazon package being delivered by a drone!
During a 60 Minutes interview with Charlie Rose on Sunday night, Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, announced plans to deploy drone aircraft to deliver Amazon packages to its customers, a service called Prime Air. According to Bezos, Amazon plans to use unmanned aircraft to deliver Amazon Prime packages to its customers’ doorsteps within 30 minutes of the order being placed. He hopes that Prime Air deliveries can begin in 2015.
Watch this demonstration of the process, including the drone in flight as it delivers an Amazon Prime Air package to a customer’s doorstep:
Packages can weigh up to five pounds, which accounts for 86% of all orders according to Bezos. Drones will be able to travel a 10 mile radius from Amazon fulfillment centers.
Use of the drones isn’t a certainty, FAA approval is required before Prime Air is launched. The drones will be computer programmed to fly and then land at GPS coordinates.
You can watch the entire 60 Minutes video where Bezos explains Prime Air (the Prime Air coverage begins at 11:15):
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After 60 Minutes aired, fun ensued on Twitter with the following tweets anticipating what a missed delivery slip could look like:
In two years, children may be searching the skies for drones instead of for Santa’s reindeer. Hmmm…I wonder if drones will deliver to the North Pole? You can find out more about Prime Air at Amazon’s website.
What do you think about Amazon Prime Air? Are you excited about the idea of getting your Amazon packages within 30 minutes of placing your order? Will you look forward to see a drone land on your doorstep? Let us know in the Comments section below!