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Amazon testing delivery by drones, CEO says(delivery within 30 minutes!)
Chicago Tribune ^

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drones

1 posted on 12/02/2013 2:17:16 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

This was a free advertising bonanza for “Cyber Monday”.
I think I’ve seen the vid clip a dozen times today already.


2 posted on 12/02/2013 2:18:25 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: Red in Blue PA

Follow me for free stuff.


3 posted on 12/02/2013 2:20:15 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: nascarnation

Is Drone Hunting Season going to be the new Red Neck Sport in 4 - 5 years?


4 posted on 12/02/2013 2:22:35 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Red in Blue PA

PT Barnum would be proud.


5 posted on 12/02/2013 2:23:45 PM PST by allendale
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To: Red in Blue PA

“Hey! I got hit in the head by a flying copy of the Collected Works of William Shakespeare!”


6 posted on 12/02/2013 2:23:52 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: SandRat

I doubt it.
I suspect between govt and commercial applications, these will be filling the sky like sparrows.


7 posted on 12/02/2013 2:24:03 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: Red in Blue PA

Is Amazon going to be delivering dreams now???


8 posted on 12/02/2013 2:25:16 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: SandRat

PULL!


9 posted on 12/02/2013 2:25:27 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nascarnation

I see a crowded sky


10 posted on 12/02/2013 2:25:38 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: Red in Blue PA

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?


11 posted on 12/02/2013 2:26:31 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: Patriot Babe

Down the chimney.


12 posted on 12/02/2013 2:27:51 PM PST by liege (America 180)
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To: smokingfrog

I wonder what homeland security will have to say about that.


13 posted on 12/02/2013 2:27:56 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: Patriot Babe
Now how does one know when they arrive

Probably text your phone...

14 posted on 12/02/2013 2:28:29 PM PST by noexcuses
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To: Red in Blue PA

“Honey, sorry I shot up your new sweater, but it’s just collateral as I was aiming at the drone...”


15 posted on 12/02/2013 2:28:31 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: Red in Blue PA

Faster than driving to WalMart.


16 posted on 12/02/2013 2:28:34 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Patriot Babe

It will send you a text message or phone call. Very easy to accomplish.


17 posted on 12/02/2013 2:30:54 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: Red in Blue PA

Can you imagine the liability insurance premiums on these?


18 posted on 12/02/2013 2:41:01 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Red in Blue PA

kinda like owl mail, eh?


19 posted on 12/02/2013 2:42:49 PM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: SandRat

“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 !


20 posted on 12/02/2013 2:44:57 PM PST by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: silverleaf
kinda like owl mail, eh?

Perhaps, but without the mess.

21 posted on 12/02/2013 2:45:39 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Patriot Babe

I can see a lot of potential SNL skit material here

Like the olden days of “land shark”....

Candy Gram!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt4QiwR5ckk#t=32


22 posted on 12/02/2013 2:45:54 PM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: SandRat

Was thinking how long they would keep it up when drones are being shot down daily.


23 posted on 12/02/2013 2:46:51 PM PST by MarkeyD (Obama is a victim of Affirmative Action)
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To: Red in Blue PA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98BIu9dpwHU


24 posted on 12/02/2013 2:47:11 PM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: SoldierDad

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.


25 posted on 12/02/2013 2:48:33 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: shineon

“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.


26 posted on 12/02/2013 2:52:06 PM PST by redfreedom (All it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing - that's how the left took over.)
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To: longtermmemmory

I was referring to the physical mess of owls used to deliver messages.


27 posted on 12/02/2013 2:53:10 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: redfreedom

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.


28 posted on 12/02/2013 2:54:37 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

cookies without the option to reject:

“Your neighbor has patio furniture, here are patio funiture you would like.”

“Install a pool today.”
-— __ -——

imagine criminal predators using drones to scout out prey.


29 posted on 12/02/2013 2:57:47 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: MarkeyD
Can you imagine the fun Jeff Foxworthy or Bill Ingvall will have with that?
30 posted on 12/02/2013 3:02:00 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: longtermmemmory

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.

etc.


31 posted on 12/02/2013 3:02:04 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Red in Blue PA

How it will really work in practice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WPbY5U6Qe-s


32 posted on 12/02/2013 3:02:38 PM PST by Darteaus94025 (Fascist President)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Amazon may find that it has fewer customers if this is implemented.


33 posted on 12/02/2013 3:04:31 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

And when there is a mid-air collision, who gets the goods? lol


34 posted on 12/02/2013 3:08:49 PM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: smokingfrog
A homey.....Their like these big flying piñatas you know....you take your piece....BAM....and its like free stuff every were
35 posted on 12/02/2013 3:38:35 PM PST by unread
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To: Red in Blue PA
F’in joke. What in the hell are these ass hats trying to do. I already have a problem with flocks of pigeons. Imagine the train wreck with the sky dark with drones and many crashing together and killing what is below. The sky here has too much shi! in the sky now.
36 posted on 12/02/2013 3:40:40 PM PST by Logical me
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To: SandRat
Is Drone Hunting Season going to be the new Red Neck Sport in 4 - 5 years?

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.

37 posted on 12/02/2013 3:44:06 PM PST by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: DeepInTheHeartOfTexas

Like Duck Dynaty?


38 posted on 12/02/2013 3:52:43 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Sweet Young Voice: "Mr. Drill? This is Amazon. About your latest order..."

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]

39 posted on 12/02/2013 4:01:11 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: SandRat
HEY, we used to cook drone all the time in Vietnam!!


40 posted on 12/02/2013 4:02:22 PM PST by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: reg45

cheaper too..

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.


41 posted on 12/02/2013 4:10:35 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Neighborhood watch will take on a whole new meaning....

“Ok guys, I’ll cruise the neighborhood. Who’s gonna man the surface-to-air?”


42 posted on 12/02/2013 4:23:22 PM PST by moovova
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To: Patriot Babe

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.


43 posted on 12/02/2013 4:27:51 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: nascarnation

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!


44 posted on 12/02/2013 4:38:27 PM PST by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: Red in Blue PA
What's the panic?

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.


45 posted on 12/02/2013 5:17:47 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Red in Blue PA

Down here ... corporate funded “skeet” shooting!!!


46 posted on 12/02/2013 5:32:39 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Benghazi was just a violent RIF action by Hillary and the State Department.)
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To: Black Agnes; SeekAndFind

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.


47 posted on 12/02/2013 7:05:42 PM PST by redfreedom (All it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing - that's how the left took over.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
YOU can get into the drone business for this Christmas! Yes, for $99.95 you can but a radio control RQ-11 electric powered, hand launched drone of your own. The broadcast TV camera is extra, but what a great way to spy on the neighbors. The RQ-11 drone and other radio control UAV’s are available from RaidenTech.com.
48 posted on 12/02/2013 10:16:23 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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