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Changing Delivery Through Amazon Drone Shipping

Posted on 12. Dec, 2013 by in Shipping

Technology is continually changing the ways that people do business.  There have been some major developments that have completely changed the delivery industry, but none as new as the possibility of having a drone drop off a package at your doorstep only minutes after you clicked “buy.”  Amazon drone shipping is quickly becoming a reality with improved technology in the unmanned aircraft field.  The new service, called Prime Air, would have a package to a patient’s door in as little as 30 minutes. 

Recently the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, showed a demonstration video during an interview on 60 Minutes.  The video demonstrated the process of drones with 8 rotors, called octocopters, picking up the packages in yellow buckets at an Amazon fulfillment center.  The drones then flew to the customer’s location through GPS locating software and left the package at the door.  Bezos indicated that the company could have the technology ready for service in as little as four years.

While it may seem like science fiction, it Bezos assures that it is not.  After the announcement other companies like United Parcel Service and Google announced their own projects that included autonomous robots, showing that the technology is viable and that it is something that customers are interested in.

As neat as the technology is, there are some minor road blocks in the future.  The Federal Aviation Administration currently is working on rules that may impact the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.  These new regulations should be announced and implemented by the year 2015, and Amazon has said that they will be ready to start shipping via Prime Air at that time.

Amazon drone shipping may still be a few years away, but they have made it a goal to make seeing unmanned drones with packages as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road.  You can find videos of the drones in action on the Amazon site or other video sites on the Internet if you are interested in seeing the process.

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