What's faster than next-day delivery? Try a 30-minute flight from warehouse to your door -- via octocopter. That's Jeff Bezos' vision for the Amazon of the not-so-distant future.
Jeff Bezos meets the octocopter
On "60 Minutes" Sunday, CBS' Charlie Rose got a surprise from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: octocopters. Bezos said that within about five years, Amazon could be winging packages to your home from its fulfillment centers in as little as 30 minutes, using drones. Of course, the Federal Aviation Administration will have to give its blessing first.
(Disclosure: "60 Minutes" is produced by CBS, the parent company of CNET.)
Amazon's octocopters are about the size of a microwave, but they're mostly just frame and rotors. While drone aircraft used by the military and the CIA have come under sometimes intense criticism, Amazon has a more benign and ordinary expectation for the fleet it envisions.
Bearing the name Amazon PrimeAir, the octocopter could be bad news for delivery truck drivers. It's also meant to show off Amazon's more adventuresome side. "We like to pioneer, we like to explore, we like to go down dark alleys and see what's on the other side," Bezos told "60 Minutes."