Amazon is almost ready to tackle the shipping of it’s products without much outside help. But it will be awhile before they can ditch the likes of the USPS and UPS. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Sunday revealed a new service that could soon deliver Amazon orders directly to your doorstep by unmanned aircraft.
Bezos revealed Prime Air on Sunday night on CBS’ 60 minutes, saying that the company has been working on the technology for several months. The service won’t roll out for some time, but when it does, it could revolutionize the online retail market, by bypassing the current package delivery system entirely. Imagine a drone delivering your latest purchase. It will happen some day soon. In as little as half an hour.
Prime Air would operate using “octocopters,” which are programmable drones with eight small helicopter blades. They are very maneuverable and would grab small packages and deliver them to customers’ doorsteps using GPS guidance. It looks like we have about a five year wait, but it could happen sooner. It has to clear many safety and regulatory barriers before it happens. I can’t wait for this. Fast delivery and by a drone no less.