Amazon's Hopes For Drone Deliveries

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Online retailer Amazon hopes to have mini drones delivering packages to customers in just 30 minutes, its chief executive has claimed.

During a TV appearance in the United States, Jeff Bezos played a video showing the tiny robotic devices, known as octocopters, which pick up items in small yellow buckets and whiz them through the air.

"I know this looks like science fiction. It's not," Mr Bezos told CBS television's 60 Minutes show.

"We can do half-hour delivery ... and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds (2.3kg), which covers 86% of the items that we deliver."
Amazon's Hopes For Drone Deliveries

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  • Profile picture of the author awledd
    Amazon is amazing. But it doesn't seem practical as I think it with the need for space for landing and theft etc... One commenter said in the sky page "I imagine within minutes of reading this story there are people working out the best way to bring one down." Yep that is a real threat.
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  • Profile picture of the author Timboy
    lol what some people invent these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
    I was just reading an article about this, courtesy of Mashable.

    I definitely forsee a few logistical challenges here, but it looks like it could be a great thing for Amazon, if executed well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Garratt
    Post codes and global positioning services are going to have to get a lot better before this will work if some of the aborted efforts at getting to an address using my sat-nav is anything to go by lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
    If Amazon can execute this, this will also add a layer of huge benefit to Amazon associates. Making a sale will be that much more compelling if you are able to essentially tell readers that they won't even have to wait (that long) to receive the product. Prime drastically cut down wait times....Prime Air will take it to a whole 'nother level.

    Just the idea of being on the cutting edge of technology could be a huge selling point too. There are going to be TONS of people wanting to buy a product--any product--simply to SEE this idea being executed. Like waiting for an eclipse, until this becomes second nature and our expectations become accustomed to it, I could see people just sitting outside waiting for their delivery to arrive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by Sparhawke View Post

    Amazon's Hopes For Drone Deliveries

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    I saw the 60 Minutes segment last night where they were interviewing Jeff Bezos about this. It was a fascinating piece.

    Though my first thought about these drones was, "can the drone withstand a shot from a wrist slingshot?".

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  • Profile picture of the author wayneh
    This will be interesting seeing it unfold. It will be good to see how it will put the parcel in the mail box or knock on the door for a signature.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
    I don't know if the Drone thing is possible, but I have confidence that if Jeff Bezos has 30 minute deliveries on his mind, that it will happen at some point.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I'd call it the marketing highlight of the year.

      Reveal a long term development project that is guaranteed to get maximum news coverage and attention online....

      ...and do that at the beginning of the busiest shopping month of the year.

      Put the Amazon name in everyone's mind ....and up your sales!
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Ryan David View Post

      I don't know if the Drone thing is possible, but I have confidence that if Jeff Bezos has 30 minute deliveries on his mind, that it will happen at some point.
      OH, it CAN happen! The technology is all there. It is simply that the form factors, etc... are WRONG! 45 years ago, computers existed. Halfway intelligent people KNEW they would be in every home SOMEHOW! But like they are NOW? NO WAY! WHY? TOO LARGE! TOO HEAVY! TOO EXPENSIVE, etc.... BELIEVE IT OR NOT, they ALSO had this crazy idea that SOMEHOW they would, SOMEDAY, have LITHIUM batteries that could power electric cars! YEP, it was THAT precise! They also, a decade or two later, had a dream that SOMEHOW, SOMEDAY, they would have "fuel cells" powered by hydrogen and producing water.

      SOME had dreams like 40 years ago of using remote controlled planes, and helicopters for doing all sorts of things.

      NOW, like less than 10 years ago, people had dreams of doing all sorts of things with small machines, the quadcopter likely being the most popular. I believe I have seen kits going as high as TWELVE props. Amazon's has 8.

      Ironically, the problem is navigating the obstacles that are almost certain to appear and go the distance with enough power to easily come back and don't forget, they have to charge fast ALSO. REMEMBER, they have been working on that for DECADES! The lithium has been replaced by things like lithium ion, etc... They are STILL working on the fuel cells. The helicopters now have more than 2 props. Outside of that, they might as well have written the books in the 1970s!

      BTW in the 60s, we all mused about multifarad capacitors. I don't think I EVER saw even a ONE farad capacitor, let alone anything larger, until the 90s! Believe it or not, they start at like fractions of a BILLIONTH of a farad! And NOW, they ARE musing about having capacitors replace batteries. I guess we will see. HEY, HERE is a 10 FARAD CAPACITOR! FIVE and a half pounds! Amazon.com: Boss CAP10 10 Farad Capacitor: Car...Amazon.com: Boss CAP10 10 Farad Capacitor: Car...
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
    Screw Amazon and this ridiculous idea. There is enough noise and visual pollution in my neighborhood without every package coming in by drone. Let the post office and UPS continue to do their job, and let Amazon stick their idea where the sun don't shine.
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      It is just a matter of time before someone invents a small hand held electromagnetic pulse device and these drones start falling from the sky.

      I wonder if I will be able to buy one at amazon

      Better yet, maybe I can promote them and earn affiliate commissions

      The sky is the limit

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      • Profile picture of the author mysterrio
        Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

        It is just a matter of time before someone invents a small hand held electromagnetic pulse device and these drones start falling from the sky.

        I wonder if I will be able to buy one at amazon

        Better yet, maybe I can promote them and earn affiliate commissions

        The sky is the limit

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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLB
    This...is actually amazing. I doubt we will see it as quickly as they are claiming though.
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  • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
    But how are they going to stop me stealing one?
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  • Profile picture of the author mysterrio
    I am already using these to deliver my ebooks...KIDDING!
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  • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
    Sounds more like a publicity stunt to me. The logistics of making this happen are too complex - at least right now. And it seems like they'd lose money sending a drone to my house to deliver a $12 book (or tack on a huge shipping charge).

    The idea is intriguing though. I'm guessing we'll see something like this in a few decades maybe.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Publicity for sure.

    I really hope we don't need to live in a world where people can't wait a day or two to receive their order. We are already too much of a 24/7 nation. Let's slow things down rather than speed them up.
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    • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Publicity for sure.

      I really hope we don't need to live in a world where people can't wait a day or two to receive their order. We are already too much of a 24/7 nation. Let's slow things down rather than speed them up.

      I agree. If I need something right away, I'm going to go to the store to get it.
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      • Profile picture of the author WillR
        Originally Posted by BradVert2013 View Post

        I agree. If I need something right away, I'm going to go to the store to get it.
        You know we are in a sad state when McDonalds delivers. People are now too lazy to go through a drive-thru?! Man oh man. You gotta wonder where all this will end.
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      • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
        Originally Posted by BradVert2013 View Post

        I agree. If I need something right away, I'm going to go to the store to get it.
        Not everyone can drive. Or the car could be broke and you do the prep work while the part is enroute..

        Lots of possibilities.


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        • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
          Originally Posted by GarrieWilson View Post

          Not everyone can drive. Or the car could be broke and you do the prep work while the part is enroute..

          Lots of possibilities.


          -g
          No, not everyone drives, but everyone that would be in range of these drones if their dream was ever realized would also be in range of the post office as well as private delivery companies, so let's not pretend this is Amazon's effort to provide a much needed service for shut-ins. More likely, as others have said, just an effort to grab some publicity for the holiday spending season.
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    • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Publicity for sure.

      I really hope we don't need to live in a world where people can't wait a day or two to receive their order. We are already too much of a 24/7 nation. Let's slow things down rather than speed them up.
      Exactly; you reminded me of a Gandhi quote I like: "there is more to life than increasing it's speed".

      One of the best mental and physical health practices anyone can do is to take a walk. Imagine how much joy would be taken out of that, with a bunch of noisy little drones buzzing around every neighborhood, not to mention the effect on the animals that live around us. Very bad, disgusting idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hartmann
    My thoughts too - good publicity at a busy shopping time of the year. Not many things I would need within 30 minutes of purchase...especially if I was paying extra for the privilege.
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  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    I think it could be great for some situations. Like for people who can't drive or think about how many times you had to rush to the store when you are working on or fixing something.

    As to the problems people bring up, they will be solved.

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    • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
      Originally Posted by GarrieWilson View Post

      I think it could be great for some situations. Like for people who can't drive or think about how many times you had to rush to the store when you are working on or fixing something.

      As to the problems people bring up, they will be solved.

      Garrie
      Let me think, when was the last time I had to rush to the store, or there would be serious consequences; (scratching head)........I guess since I lived in my current location, during the last 6-7 years, there was one plumbing situation I had to walk to the local hardware store to get a part to fix.

      If only I could have deprived my local small business, a nice hardware store, which has plumbing experts on staff, one of whom helped me figure out and find the part I needed, of my business by sending my money to a corporate behemoth instead, which would have saved me; let's see...zero time.
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    They must have sensors to prevent getting entangled with birds or bats or landing on pets or children. As others have pointed out, they would probably become a sport for vandals to shoot out of the sky.
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