Amazon have shown once again that they are striving to stay on the cutting-edge of online shopping and customer satisfaction promises by revealing their new ‘futuristic’ plans yesterday to one day supply a ’60 minute air delivery’ service in which they pledge to have a flying delivery drone deliver your package in an hour or less!
While this bold move is certainly a step towards some of the futuristic vision captured by many sci-fi adventure films, Amazon openly admit that this idea will take years of work to realise.
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon appeared on CBS television’s 60 Minutes programme in the US, playing a video from the site which showing small robot drones, aptly named ‘octocopters’, which picked up items in small yellow pods and carted them through the air to their destination.
“I know this looks like science fiction. It’s not,” Mr Bezos said.
“We can do half-hour delivery … and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds which covers 86% of the items that we deliver.”
Is It All Hot Air?
Once over the initial thought of this innovative idea, several questions pop up regarding this process as a viable delivery method. Having already coming under fire from The Guardian’s James Ball, many are sure to pick several holes in Amazon’s new venture.
Either way, we’re keen to see how the whole thing plays out. Who knows, maybe our next venture will be helicopter deliveries!