Amazon drones could be flying through the sky delivering your purchases in fewer than 30 minutes. And Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says they will — in the next few years.
“One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today,” the company said. Drones are not quite ‘normal’ yet, but they aren’t completely out of the realm of possibilities. Drones are already being used to gather aerial images of farmland to help farmers increase efficiency, to spot poachers in Africa or to deliver medicine to hard-to-reach places in the world, things companies like Airware and Matternet already do.
“I know this looks like science fiction, it’s not,” said Bezos.
The drone delivery is contingent upon FAA regulation of UAVs, which is still yet to be determined, but is expected to happen in 2015.
“This is early, this is still years away,” Bezos said.
- Amazon currently has 96 massive warehouses, or “fulfillment centers”
- 86% of Amazon’s packages are less than 5 pounds
- More than 300 packages are ordered a second on Amazon during Cyber Monday
Tons of media outlets are out there reporting on Amazon’s huge announcement — delivering packages via drone. Here’s a roundup of some stories out there:
- Delivery drones are coming: Jeff Bezos promises half-hour shipping with Amazon Prime Air via The Verge
- Amazon testing delivery by drone, CEO Bezos says via USA Today
- Amazon Floats the Notion of Delivery Drones via The New York Times
- Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Reveals Drone Delivery System via Time
- Amazon says drone deliveries are the future via CNN