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Amazon Pilots Drones to deliver packages in 30 mins!

submitted on December 2, 2013 by JackBauer in "Member's Lounge"
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is known for making big bets in the world of innovation, and on Sunday night on 60 Minutes he revealed what might be one of his biggest: product delivery by flying robot drones.


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  • 186534
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on December 2, 2013
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    I hope it's still free delivery over $35 or with Amazon Prime, but I'll bet it's not! Amused
    Still, very cool. Sure to get the package delivered on time!
  • 186536
    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on December 2, 2013
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    That's just crazy. I can see it now...someone sniping my drone down to get their hands on my iPad mini. Sad
  • 186551
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on December 2, 2013
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    Who will ring the doorbell so you know to go out and get your package??? Wink

    The news about Amazon Prime Air launched some funny tweets - http://abcnews.go.com/Technolo.....d=21068602

    and suggestions for novel uses - http://abcnews.go.com/Technolo.....y-21069217
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technolo.....d=21070635

  • 218094
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on May 15, 2015
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    Some updates surfaced about how exactly Amazon is planning to do it:
    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32653269

    According to the plans, Amazon's drones will be able to update their routes in real-time. A mock-up delivery screen suggests that people will be able to choose from a variety of delivery options - from "bring it to me" to nominating their home, place of work or even "my boat" as places for packages to be dropped.
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    Goofy_Girl
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    Posted by Goofy_Girl on May 24, 2015
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    THAT IS AWESOME Exclaim
    Because you know...sometimes...SAME-DAY shipping just isn't FAST ENOUGH. Amused
    *Another great perk of AMAZON PRIME.
  • 218636
    2kidsnuts
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    Posted by 2kidsnuts on May 24, 2015
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    I heard drone delivery is suppose to be on light weigh packages. Great!
  • 218647
    laaya
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    Posted by laaya on May 25, 2015
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    I heard this is called off due to some regulations. Isn't it?
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on May 25, 2015
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      Well, they are arguing about it, and Amazon has petitioned the FAA to change their regulations. Amazon hopes to convince the FAA that their fight plans would be safe. But the FAA regulations require that the drones be operated only in "line of sight," which blocks Amazon's desire to use them for delivery within 10 miles of their fulfillment center. The FAA also requires that an operator only fly one drone at a time. Apparently drones are already being flown safely further than line of sight in other countries, so Amazon is hoping to be able to do it in the US as well.
      See http://fortune.com/2015/04/29/.....etter-faa/
      and http://www.bloomberg.com/news/.....iver-cargo
  • 218756
    Goofy_Girl
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    Posted by Goofy_Girl on May 27, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    Does anyone know about drone delivery etiquette?
    Like...do you talk to them, say thank you, tip them, etc. Question
  • 218767
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on May 27, 2015 [reply] 0 0
    No joke, in Switzerland the Matternet Drone Delivery Service will launch in July, with plans to target business-to-business customers.
    The company plans to launch its pilot program in July alongside Swiss WorldCargo (the freight arm of Swiss International Air Lines) and Swiss Post (Switzerland’s postal service) that will see Matternet’s drones deliver parcels in multiple areas of Switzerland. Swiss Post and Swiss WorldCargo will each get firsthand exposure to a delivery technology that is increasingly regarded as the future of lightweight transport.

    The company will sell the Matternet ONE for $5,000 to companies that want to own and operate the vehicles themselves, but it also is experimenting with a subscription service that would essentially lease the hardware for roughly $1,000 per month per vehicle.
    Read more at http://fortune.com/2015/05/01/.....-delivery/
    The technology is built upon Matternet’s experience delivering diagnostic tools and medical supplies in places like Haiti, Bhutan, the Dominican Republic and Papua New Guinea. In those trials Matternet field tested its drone technology, proving that its aircraft can fly in bad weather and beyond the line of sight of its operators. It proved it was adept at retrieving medical samples and delivering medicine to places that are often inaccessible due to poor roads, bad weather or other issues.

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