Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed an experimental drone-based delivery service on Sunday, in an ambitious move by the online retailer to capitalize on a technology still being used sparsely by American businesses.
1. The Goal Of the Amazon Prime Air
The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.
2. Capacity of delivery drones
The drones will be capable of delivering items up to 5 pounds in weight, which Bezos said account for 86 percent of the items that Amazon delivers.
3. How it works
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. As many have remarked, it looks like something out of the Jetsons.
4. When can we expect Prime Air as a delivery option?
Amazon hopes the FAA's rules will be in place as early as sometime in 2015. We will be ready at that time.
5. Amazon Prime Air video showing how it works
Check out this footage from a recent test flight:
For more information, visit Official Amazon Prime Air website.