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Amazon unveils futuristic mini-drone delivery plan

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Posted December 2, 2013
Amazon is looking to the future with plans to use "octocopter" mini-drones to fly small packages to consumers in just
Amazon is looking to the future with plans to use “octocopter” mini-drones to fly small packages to consumers in just 30 minutes
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says his company is looking to the future with plans to use “octocopter” mini-drones to fly small packages to consumers in just 30 minutes.

 

The US retail giant’s ambitious project still requires additional safety testing and federal approval, but Bezos estimated that Amazon “Prime Air” would be up and running within four to five years.

A demo video posted on the company’s website showed the tiny robotic devices picking up packages in small yellow buckets from Amazon’s fulfillment centers and then whizzing through the air to deliver the items to customers just 30 minutes after they made their purchase on Amazon.com.

“I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not,” Bezos told CBS television’s “60 Minutes” program.

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

The mini-drones are powered by electric motors and could cover areas within a 10-mile (16-kilometer) radius of fulfillment centers, thus covering a significant portion of the population in urban areas.

Read more at: Phys.org

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