Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos unveiled a new service, named as “Prime Air.”
According to this program “Prime Air”, the octocopter drones will pick up packages in small buckets at Amazon’s fulfillment centers and fly directly to customers’ nearby within 30 minutes after they click the “buy” button.
The package is pulled off the lines by the octocopter, and then using GPS it is directed to the delivery address. When it arrives it releases the package on the doorstep. Because the octocopter has eight blades, Bezos said, if one broke the drone would still be able to safely drop off a package.
It may take few years for Prime Air drones to take to the skies, as the program is still subject to safety and regulatory rules by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration(FAA).
Amazon Prime Air FAQ says, “We hope the FAA’s rules will be in place as early as sometime in 2015. We will be ready at that time”
Amazon’s announcement about Prime Air had initiated lot of discussions about both advantages and disadvantages of drone-based package delivery system.
Some people are sharing some interesting comments and deep thoughts about Prime Air thro’ social media sites. The below video shows some interesting comments about Amazon Prime Air.
Few months back an Australian Startup “Flitery” had announced their plan about using Drones to deliver Books.