Drone me, bro!

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the so-called “Octocopters” in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS “60 Minutes,” and claimed that the drones would not be ready to take flight for another four or five years. However, after the interview aired, Amazon released a statement promising that “Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today.”

“I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not,” Bezos said in the CBS interview with Charlie Rose. “It drops the package. You come and get your package and we can do half-hour deliveries.”

WNBTv mentioned this was in the air sometime back. Though we had thought the Russians would beat him into actual production, but it looks like a closer race now.

Amazon’s proposed delivery service, Prime Air, is slated to begin in 2015 when the FAA is set to allow commercial use of ‘drones’. The company claims in the future the octocopters will be as ubiquitous as mail trucks.

Our guess is they will be even more plentiful than the noted plague of locusts. 1

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I hadn’t seen this; thought you might not have as well. 2

THE ATLANTIC: Of course someone at The Atlantic answers all the big questions surrounding Bezos’ Prime Air plans. Long story short? Technically trivial3 PLUS! Actual engineers weigh in

WNBTv - Good TV!

Show 3 footnotes

  1. And will come equipped with both audio and minturized camera feeds to send tons of raw data back to Amazon’s AWS.
  2. Thought: does Kansas City even have an Amazon distibution center? If not — and in keeping with Bezos Prime Air 10 mile limit — where would Amazon sub-contract these out? And, more importantly…to whom? Sounds like money just waiting to be made…
  3. Of course down in the Comments is where it gets good: multiple Isaac Asimov I, Robot hurdles are referenced.

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