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article imageAmazon unveils automated drones to deliver products

By AR Vasquez     Dec 1, 2013 in Technology
Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and founder, tells 60 Minutes that automated unmanned drones could be the future of product delivery for the company. In order to trim delivery costs and help keep the planet "green," drone delivery may be the way of the future.
After Jeff Bezos was interviewed on 60 Minutes, he invited host Charlie Rose to Amazon offices to reveal the secret R&D project.
It’s an audacious plan that Bezos says requires more safety testing and FAA approvals, but he estimates that delivery-by-drone, called Amazon “Prime Air,” will be available to customers in as soon as 4-5 years.
When Charlie Rose walked in and saw the Prime Air drones sitting on a tabletop for the show-and-tell, he exclaimed “Oh, my God!” It was a genuine reaction-- Rose and the 60 Minutes team weren’t in on the secret beforehand. The story had been in the works for months before the Amazon representatives started hinting that a new project might be revealed to 60 Minutes.- CBS News
Bezos stated that drones could carry under five pounds within a ten-mile radius using GPS to deliver products to specific addresses. The proposed timeline for Amazon Prime Air drones to actually deliver products will be four to five years down the road so don't expect to have your Amazon products be delivered to you via drone any time soon.
A member of staff pushes a trolley as she collects orders at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Peterbo...
A member of staff pushes a trolley as she collects orders at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Peterborough, central England
With permission by Reuters / Phil Noble
A general view of the storage hall at the 70 000 square metre warehouse floor in Amazon s new distri...
A general view of the storage hall at the 70,000 square metre warehouse floor in Amazon's new distribution center in Brieselang, near Berlin
With permission by Reuters / Tobias Schwarz
A general view of the storage hall at the 70 000 square metre warehouse floor in Amazon s new distri...
A general view of the storage hall at the 70,000 square metre warehouse floor in Amazon's new distribution center in Brieselang, near Berlin
With permission by Reuters / Tobias Schwarz
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