Current Event Cat of the Day: Amazon Drones

Amazon Drones

Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers. Goodbye UPS, hello killer drones! Minus the killing part… for now.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the drone delivery service on 60 Minutes this week, explaining that the service, called Prime Air, will be able to deliver small products to your doorstop within 30 minutes of ordering. The drones, dubbed Octocopters, could deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg to customers.

I know this looks like science fiction, but it’s not,” Bezos told 60 Minutes host Charlie Rose.

“We can do half-hour delivery… and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds (2.3kg), which covers 86% of the items that we deliver.”

Bezos says the unmanned drone operation requires more safety testing and FAA approvals, but he’s hopeful Amazon can get their drone program together in about four to five years.

Amazon’s new announcement has left some other companies with a bad case of drone envy. Both UPS and Google have now decided to test out delivery drones for their services.

“The commercial use of drones is an interesting technology and we’ll continue to evaluate it,” UPS said in a statement. “UPS invests more in technology than any other company in the delivery business, and we’re always planning for the future.”

Over in Silicon valley, Google is also looking to copy Amazon’s Air Prime by testing “mini-drone delivery systems” to use with Google Shopping Express.

Looks like unmanned drones are the future of shopping! The Germans are certainly excited for it. While most people can’t wait to have pizza and condoms delivered to their house in 30 minutes or less via drones, the Germans are apparently more interested in having underwear delivered to mask their rampant cheating…

German Drones

Via: BBC News

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