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Not Android, but Awesome: Amazon Prime Air Wants to Deliver Packages to You in 30 Minutes Using Drones

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Life would probably be a lot less awesome if Amazon’s Prime service did not exist. Forget the streaming video part of it all, I’m talking specifically about its free 2-day and low-priced 1-day shipping options when you become a subscriber. I probably can’t even put into words how much I rely on Amazon for personal and professional items to be delivered within a day or two at such low rates. But what if we could get those same items even faster? Amazon is going to try with a new program called Amazon Prime Air that uses drones for delivery. Yes, drones. 

By 2015, Amazon hopes to have seen all of the needed regulations approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) so that their fleet of drones can start delivering goods to consumers in under 30 minutes after ordering. According to their FAQ for the new program, Amazon suggests that drones will eventually “be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today” and that this is not science fiction.

As of right now, Amazon expects to be ready by the time all of the regulations come through, with a limit currently set on 5lb packages that can be delivered within a 10 mile radius of a fulfillment center. Who knows if they’ll be able to expand that reach or weight limit any time soon, but I’d imagine in another two years that their technology will only become more advanced.

Are you at all freaked out by this news or does it sound amazing? Ready for the sky to be filled with Amazon drones?

Via:  Amazon Prime Air
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  • Valerie Rub

    Wow when Amazon prime air Launch. what is the benefits of using this feature. I don’t use before how to use it and what is the benefits. I know near future Amazon will launch another big brands.

  • Katie

    Yeah definitely should be a felony for punks to ‘shoot down’ with a gun/slingshot. It’s a crime to mess with peoples mail in their mailbox so it should be a crime to interfere with our packages as well. We pay money for this! SUPER STOKED FOR DRONES THOUGH.

  • Jeremy Gross

    invest ina pelet gun and get some free phones

  • apes

    Any one consider calling John Connor and seeing what he had to say?

  • New_Guy

    :’D

  • Ben Murphy

    OTA robberies!

  • Eric Blackman

    I can see the crappy syfy movie now “when Amazon drones attack”.

  • geocab

    What are they using for maps? Google Maps as wonderful as they are still sometimes have an address located incorrectly.

    • Ian

      I’m sure you’d have to do some kind of confirmation prior to using the service.

    • user

      Apple is providing the mapping service

  • Droid Ronin

    When I read this article, I was immediately reminded of this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9fXYQjwR0w

    • Adam Elghor

      …I don’t know those seem a little more dangerous than the copters

  • laheelahee

    wait, where’s my scrambler?

    • Lucki

      That actually makes me wonder if they’re completely autonomous in the sense that once they get sent out they control themselves to the location or if they have to rely on some sort of remote control back at the fulfillment center.

      • laheelahee

        i’m going to guess that they’re going to be autonomous but have some kind of supervisor looking at a whole bunch of screens (like a security guard).. maybe with an override system? lol. no idea

  • Sporttster

    This is some wild crap right here. Drone delivery??? Ok, so I’m sitting outside sipping a drink and here comes this mini copter drifting down from the sky with my set of Van Halen replica guitars I ordered from Amazon connected to the thing. It sets down in the driveway, a voice comes out of it ‘Hi, this is Amazon speedy delivery at your service! Your goods are here ready for you.’ I go over, sign…..whatever wherever, guess on my cellphone. It transmits to the drone. ‘Signature complete. Thanks for using Amazon sky delivery! Please stand back for liftoff!’ I back up, the drone starts up, poof up it goes to never never land and I go back to my drink. This is a bizarre world…..

    • Katie

      Hahaha!

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

    good idea but just would get more things stolen, wouldnt be very hard for someone to follow the helo-carrier to its location without a human to stop it from being taken 10 seconds after it landed.

    • Adrynalyne

      They need to electrify the containers.

      Then email a shut off code to the recipients, so that they can shut it off before they pick it up.

      Would suck for the dude who ordered something and didn’t tell the wife though. I could see people doing it on purpose, LOL.

    • zurginator

      Probably have NFC triggered releases or something like that, and of course a full array of cameras on the thing to catch any theft on tape.

    • anna willoughby

      I doubt they’d do this without considering that. There are a lot of ways to prevent theft or at the very least lessen the risk a bit. They probably require you to be home for this sort of thing, similar to the “Signature required” shipping options, and definitely have tracking devices on the drones Could be wrong, but considering safe and quick shipping are super central to Amazon’s brand, I doubt they’re just air-dropping boxes on completely unattended doorsteps with no insurance of any kind.

  • anna willoughby

    YES PLEASE OH YES.

  • CHRIS42060

    This just seems like a logistical nightmare to me.

    • anna willoughby

      Everything Amazon promises should be a logistical nightmare…and yet…

      I think the 10 mile-radius, 5lb restriction keeps the whole thing pretty manageable.

      • CHRIS42060

        Good point. It just seems like there is the potential (depending pricing) for a whole lot of drone traffic coming out of the centers in larger cities like Baltimore, Phoenix or San Bernardino on days like today (Cyber Monday).

        • anna willoughby

          It will certainly take some very careful planning on Amazon’s part, and possibly some slightly longer wait times during certain heavy sales days.

          • CHRIS42060

            I also just read the UPS is planning on using their own drones for deliveries as well. So much for flying cars since we will have a bunch of drones flying around delivering stuff in the air all the time haha.

  • Matthew Wahlquist

    Good way to soften people up and get them used to drones flying overhead all the time.

    • Katie

      Yep, I could see that.

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  • http://opindian.com/blog/ ahpatel

    Downside of having a fulfillment center that close (or even in my state of residence) would mean that all my Amazon orders will be taxed, right?

    • Caleb Sizemore

      yes, but taxing online purchases regardless of where that are bought is coming regardless.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      By the end of Next year Amazon will be taxing most states anyway. The party is almost over

    • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

      Im in Nashville, with their fulfillment in Chattanooga and i still dont pay taxes. It was a deal with the governor to put the center in the state.

    • decidedtochangename

      Amazon is actually for taxation now and they need the centers and don’t want eBay to have an advantage over them.

  • guest

    skynet begins

  • chrisdlee

    How do they get the plastic container back to Amazon? I guess you keep them.

  • emoney

    i remember when i thought 2 day delivery was fast

    • AbbyZFresh

      6 years ago you were lucky to even get a week delivery out of Amazon without any problems occuring.

  • Jason Tsujimura

    Can’t wait to start a collection of Amazon branded plastic snap-close drone delivery containers.

    • feztheforeigner

      Can’t wait to start a collection of Amazon drones lol

      • Katie

        hahaha, they probably have a tracking device in them.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    I want to see the “no fly zone” map. I guarantee you Amazon isn’t going to send flying drones into Compton.

    • CHRIS42060

      or the North side of Flint, MI

  • Joey Sandoval

    That’s someone’s nexus 6 in the sky! Where’s my gun

    • Ian

      Right next to your one-way ticket to prison. :)

  • Nick Norman

    Drone hijackings by Android phone/tablets will be the next hi-tech thievery.

  • Lucky Armpit

    I saw this on 60 minutes as well. I’m a model aviation pilot and one of my aircraft is a quadcopter with much of the technology as Amazon’s octocopter. The technology exists right now (self-levelling, GPS-based waypoints, autonomy, etc.), but Jeff Bezos was right in that it will take some time to get the proper safety features in place. The last thing you need is an octocopter with 8 carbon-fiber props spinning at high RPM landing on someone in their front yard.

    • Adrynalyne

      This just in:

      Man decapitated by drone after picking up Amazon package.

      • decidedtochangename

        Maybe they will also offer Amazon Crime and you can purposely use them to attack.

        • TheDrunkenClam

          Okay I lol’ed. Good show sir.

        • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

          Is this reddit? Haha

      • Lucky Armpit

        Highly unlikely, but injuries are always possible with something that flies. It’s why we have a flight line at our club field, don’t fly over people, etc. Amazon has a LONG way to go before anything like this is cleared by the FAA, especially since they must fly below 400′ as per our regulations.

        • djdsf

          I’m guessing you’re flying somewhere near an airport? Usually the airport itself clears your 400 Ft limit because of instrument approaches. outside of that, If you are in a “clear” area away from airports and heliports, unless you are going over 1,000 ft you don’t have to talk to the FAA.

    • Sporttster

      More than likely they’ll put barriers around the blades so if it bumps into anything, it’ll hit that first. Otherwise, yea, decapitations would not look good on the front page news. “man decapitated by Amazon sky delivery drone today waiting for his signature Cindi Lauper skirt and boot set’.

  • Kevin

    they obviously have a lot of trust in people. who’s to say someone wouldn’t just chuck a football if they saw one of these flying around?

    • Adrynalyne

      If you can chuck a football that far and be accurate…

      • Kevin

        what’s “that far”? from their demo, “that far” could be a few feet away.

        • Adrynalyne

          It won’t be flying that low for the majority of the time.

          • Kevin

            that’s true, but when the opportunities present themselves, some people will jump at them. unless the drone is constantly taking HD video and streaming it back, i’m not sure how they’re going to prevent it.

          • Adrynalyne

            I’m sure it will stream video. So for the same reason that people (usually) don’t chuck rocks or footballs at delivery drivers. Because they will see it and report it.

          • Kevin

            time will tell, sounds like we have at least a few years to wait and see.

          • Alex

            but it is much harder to chuck rocks or w.e at people than it is at a robot. it obviously way easier to do and get away with.

  • alzeis

    Saw this on 60 minutes last night. Your right its AWESOME

    • Adrynalyne

      I don’t think it is his right, but I do believe it is awesome.

      ;)

  • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

    Awesome, but is it needed? Seriously

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      For the impatient, it sure is. :P

      • Drew

        If the pricing is below $20, I’d probably use this every so often. Even if its more, I’d want to do it at least once because of how cool it is!

    • Adrynalyne

      We don’t need a lot of things, but if it improves our quality of life, why not?

      • b ryan

        Improves quality if life?? Like penicillin or clean water?

        • Adrynalyne

          Are you really going to be pedantic about this?

          Improving the quality of life in a developing country is not the same thing we are discussing and you know it.

    • Corey Foltman

      in order to get rid of a couple more jobs…yes, yes it is.

      • Adrynalyne

        This is one change that would not be cheaper to automate. Maybe in the long run (like 5-10 years) but even then…

      • decidedtochangename

        Transitioning jobs. They will need to build, operate, maintain them. That’s all not going to happen autonomously, well not until Skynet comes online anyway.

    • Katie

      Totes needed. I’d actually start buying from Amazon.

  • Pierito

    Look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the UPS Delivery Men going on Strike!

  • JBartcaps

    Until I shoot it down and steal the package muahaha

    • Albert

      2 felonies 1 bullet achievement achieved.

      • JBartcaps

        I don’t even own a gun :(

        • Floski

          Which means you probably stole a gun and don’t even have the proper license to own one.

          You are really racking up your charges here.

          • JBartcaps

            I TAKE WHAT I WANT WHEN I WANT

          • GuyWithTheFace

            You guys have won the internet for today!

          • Valerie Rub

            What you say Internet is not a product that you won or not a play games. It is a opportunities for the user whose want to aware national and international news.

          • 6G Sal

            The Constitution is my license.

        • michael arazan

          High pressurized water hose/ gun could do the trick, short out the entire unit.

    • Mario

      iam sure they will make it a felony to shoot it down same stuff happens when people rob ups trucks and fedex so this is no different

    • New_Guy

      :’D hahaha

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    • Katie

      Punk.