Skip to comments.Amazon testing delivery by drones, CEO says(delivery within 30 minutes!)
Posted on 12/02/2013 2:17:16 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
Amazon.com Inc. is testing delivery packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said Sunday on the CBS television program "60 Minutes."
Bezos said the drones, unmanned vehicles that fly through the air, could deliver packages that weigh up to five pounds. That represents roughly 86 percent of packages that Amazon delivers, he said.
The drones, which would pick up items from Amazon's distribution centers and fly them to customer's homes, probably won't be put into use for four or five years, Bezos said.
Amazon may start using the drones, which can deliver packages within 30 minutes, in four to five years pending Federal Aviation Administration approval, Bezos said.
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This was a free advertising bonanza for “Cyber Monday”.
I think I’ve seen the vid clip a dozen times today already.
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Is Drone Hunting Season going to be the new Red Neck Sport in 4 - 5 years?
PT Barnum would be proud.
“Hey! I got hit in the head by a flying copy of the Collected Works of William Shakespeare!”
I doubt it.
I suspect between govt and commercial applications, these will be filling the sky like sparrows.
Is Amazon going to be delivering dreams now???
I see a crowded sky
Now how does one know when they arrive. Do they Dive Bomb into your house? Do they knock the door? Do they honk or ring a bell upon arrival?
Down the chimney.
I wonder what homeland security will have to say about that.
Probably text your phone...
“Honey, sorry I shot up your new sweater, but it’s just collateral as I was aiming at the drone...”
Faster than driving to WalMart.
It will send you a text message or phone call. Very easy to accomplish.
Can you imagine the liability insurance premiums on these?
kinda like owl mail, eh?
“Is Drone Hunting Season going to be the new Red Neck Sport in 4 - 5 years?”
You beat me to it :) I’m thinking that drone hunting may become so popular in some states (guess which they might be) that a drone stamp will have to be purchased along with one’s hunting license, same as duck and turkey stamps. I’ve hunted sandhill crane and it takes #2 buck shot to bring them down. I would think #2 would be about right for these drones. Can’t wait, lol !
Perhaps, but without the mess.
I can see a lot of potential SNL skit material here
Like the olden days of “land shark”....
Was thinking how long they would keep it up when drones are being shot down daily.
what about the cameras snooping over the homes for delivery?
what about the subpoenas for video pictures?
what about the flight paths?
What if the neighbors do not grant flyover rights?
If it is so light to deliver by drone, then it is light enough to 3d print.
“I wonder what homeland security will have to say about that.”
Nothing, absolutely nothing. It’s a dream come true for them. The more junk filling the sky, the more their spy drones can blend in totally undetected.
Just think, some little do hinky is flying past your home. You think they are delivering something to a neighbor. When in fact your home has been photographed, xrayed and who-knows-whated inside and out.
Shoot one down and your photo will be sent off before the thing crashes.
I was referring to the physical mess of owls used to deliver messages.
Given the propensity for other big ecommerce companies (Google) to just spy and then ask forgiveness later, I suspect the Amazon drones will be doing the same thing. We’ll find out later they were pinging all the wifi hotspots on their way in and taking detailed pics through any uncurtained windows.
cookies without the option to reject:
“Your neighbor has patio furniture, here are patio funiture you would like.”
“Install a pool today.”
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imagine criminal predators using drones to scout out prey.
When the smokinggun.com perps get drones the whole fabric of society will change.
The gang banger home invaders can scout your home, your routine and your security system, complete with a video of your punching in the code, prior to staging their crimes.
The pedophile up the street can leisurely peer at your nubile 12yr olds swimming in their fenced back yard. Zooming in on particularly interesting bits as they wish.
The next Tsarnaev brothers can sit at the nearby Starbucks while their drone stages a chemical attack. With none the wiser.
How it will really work in practice:
Amazon may find that it has fewer customers if this is implemented.
And when there is a mid-air collision, who gets the goods? lol
Hey is that a shot at red necks?
My bird hunting club a motto, "If it flies, it dies". We have to get a close up look to make sure we shot something we can eat. I would bet some Cajun could come up with a tasty way to cook up some drone.
Like Duck Dynaty?
BtD: "Huh? Yeah, wuzzup?"
SYV: "Well, we don't normally carry that model of air-to-ground missle but we found a subcontractor who does."
BtD: "Great! Who's the sub and when can I expect delivery?"
SYV: "The Air Force. They said they'd be right over."
BtD: "It was a model I wanted! I clicked on the wrong thing! Only a model! Only a" [dial tone]
prime starts at 36 bucks if you have an edu address, 80 if you don’t.
we prime just about everything including food.
We do very well saving money this way. I stop at Sams club for things that don’t ship well (Dairy, fruits, veggies and fresh meat) when I need gas.
I lost track but I know we have saved 1500+ bucks just in the discounted rates we pay for the item.
Neighborhood watch will take on a whole new meaning....
“Ok guys, I’ll cruise the neighborhood. Who’s gonna man the surface-to-air?”
My understanding was you know that you have a package arriving in 30 minutes. It’s like waiting for a cab keep your eyes open and keep looking out the window.
Then a package falls from the sky.
Actually there is no reason the, by GPS, they couldn’t call your cell and say they are outside.
This is such BS, it’s on every channel and radio station.
It will not work, made up nonsense reported as accurate reality. Sort of like Obamas history, all fluff and no substance.
Just let an Amazon drone try to fly over Bubbas casa. I’m thinking the 12 gauge loaded with 00 buck through a 32” full choke barrel would be capable of taking out the delivery to about 100 yards. .22 for longer range! Dang sounds like fun!
Remember a few years back when Jeff Bezos scared us with the Segway? By 2010, we were going to be a nation of bicycle-helmet wearing dorks, ditching our automobiles and riding our Segways through the cities of the world.
Down here ... corporate funded “skeet” shooting!!!
What exactly should the Vichy GOP do or what is the best strategy? The answer is get the hell out of the way, let the Tea Party take the lead. They should not be embarrassed by folks like Cruz like when he went on the offensive regarding obamacare, they should have supported him.
Tried & true conservatives such as Cruz and Palin and all Tea Party candidates need to run adds countering the war on women. They need to challenge their opponents in debates and go on the offensive, use facts showing what a lie it is. They need to show hypocrisy, such as how their hero Bill Clinton just uses women.
Such people are much more articulate than I ever could be on the subject. They are people I have faith in.