Amazon 30 Minute Delivery System in Works [Video]
It appears that Amazon Chief Executive has come up with a reason for you to truly shop online on their website. Apparently they have created a way for you to receive your purchased product in 30 Minutes. They have designed these things called “Octocopters” that will carry products up to 5 lbs and placed at your gps location. Check out the conversation from “ABC 60 Minutes”.
“I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not,” Mr Bezos said.
“We can do half-hour delivery … and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds which covers 86% of the items that we deliver.”
The mini-drones are powered by electric motors and could cover areas within a 10-mile radius of fulfillment centres, thus covering a significant portion of the population in urban areas in the US.
The retail giant’s ambitious project still requires additional safety testing and federal approval but Mr Bezos estimated that Amazon ‘Prime Air’, as it would be called, would be up and running in four to five years.
They operate autonomously and drop the items at the target locations thanks to GPS coordinates transmitted to them.
“It’s very green, it’s better than driving trucks around,” said Mr Bezos.
Amazon said the octocopters would be “ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place,” noting that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was actively working on rules for unmanned aerial vehicles.
It projected a more optimistic timeline than Mr Bezos himself for the project to be activated, saying the FAA’s rules could be in place as early as 2015 and that Amazon Prime Air would be ready at that time.
Mr Bezos hinted that part of the motivation behind the mini-drones was to make sure Amazon remains on the cutting edge of the retail industry.
“Companies have short life spans … And Amazon will be disrupted one day,” he said.
“I would love for it to be after I’m dead.”
It is not known if there are plans for the service to be launched outside of the US.
Here’s the projected “Octocopter” in work: