Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 23:52 UTC
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We're excited to share Prime Air - something the team has been working on in our next generation R&D lab.

The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.

On the one hand, this is insanely cool, awesome, and scifi.

On the other hand, with timeframes like this and the big 60 Minutes reveal, it smells like a marketing trick during the holiday shopping season.

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This is infeasible
by Dasher42 on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 03:39 UTC
Dasher42
Member since:
2007-04-05

You cannot assure delivery with drones, and this mechanism would require huge changes to US airspace laws. This isn't happening anytime soon. This was Amazon making noise.

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RE: This is infeasible
by kwan_e on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 04:50 in reply to "This is infeasible"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Part of the plan (supposedly), is to get the laws changed and the system ready in time for the laws to change.

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RE[2]: This is infeasible
by Vanders on Tue 3rd Dec 2013 14:11 in reply to "RE: This is infeasible"
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2005-07-06

I would have loved to have been in that meeting. "We've got a plan. It's technically illegal right now, but hear me out..."

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RE: This is infeasible
by Lennie on Wed 4th Dec 2013 17:59 in reply to "This is infeasible"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

When I first heared about Amazon and drones I wasn't surprised as some other people, because there was news about book delivery service for schools in Australia months before that:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/15/drone-book-delivery-se...

People are even writing articles about how Amazon is late in the game:

http://qz.com/152788/australia-and-china-are-way-ahead-of-amazon-in...

The Zookal company thinks it can start doing deliveries in: March 2014

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