Amazon revealed Prime Air on December 1st – something the team has been working on in their next generation R&D lab.
The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take a number of years as technology advances and the necessary FAA rules and regulations are put in place, which could be in place as early as 2015.
The mini-drones are powered by electric motors and could cover areas within a 10-mile radius of Amazon centres, thus covering a significant portion of the population in urban areas in the US.
Amazon is not the first to come up with the idea, A new Australian startup, Flirtey, plans to launch commercial drone delivery for domestic customers in 2014, and because of the Australian law, they will probably be first to launch the project.
What about our privacy? Will the drones have camera systems installed? Will they be at risk from hackers, and if they can be attacked, will they be able to defend themselves?
Source 60 minutes : www.cbsnews.com/news/amazon-unveils-futuristic-plan-delivery-by-drone/
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