Need a delivery fast? Amazon Prime Air might someday get a package to you within 30 minutes, via octocopter. Jeff Bezos says so.
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Amazon is testing a delivery service that uses drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order being placed.
Dubbed Amazon Prime Air, the service uses 8-propeller drones about the size of a remote-controlled airplane to transport shoebox-size plastic bins from fulfillment centers to customers' homes. The service, which still requires more testing and clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration, could take to the skies as soon as four to five years, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told Charlie Rose during an interview Sunday on "60 Minutes." (Disclosure: "60 Minutes" is produced by CBS, which also is the parent company to CNET.)
Amazon said in an FAQ that the FAA is working on creating rules governing use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
"One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today," the company FAQ said, noting that safety was a key concern. "Our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards."