Amazon has officially confirmed that Amazon Prime Air is currently in the works and should be released sometime soon. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s Amazon Prime delivered by drones within 30 minutes — how amazing is that?
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for — Amazon has officially confirmed its drone delivery system and has given exclusive details to Yahoo News and it is seriously exciting. While many think this idea is absolutely crazy, it will definitely be very convenient.
So, let’s break this down. Prime Air — “a future delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using small unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system. Putting Prime Air into service will take some time, but we will deploy when we have the regulatory support needed to realize our vision.” Ok, this is getting a little crazy because this is all happening so fast!
According to Amazon, Prime Air, “is a future service that will deliver packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less using small drones. Flying under 400 feet and weighing less than 55 pounds, Prime Air vehicles will take advantage of sophisticated ‘sense and avoid’ technology, as well as a high degree of automation, to safely operate beyond the line of sight to distances of 10 miles or more.”
As for safety, “Safety is our top priority. Our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies, as well as sophisticated “sense and avoid” technology. We will not launch Prime Air until we are able to demonstrate safe operations.”
Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global public policy told Yahoo News, “It’s really to fulfill a need that we believe our customers have. Usually they need that delivery in a few days, and that’s sufficient. But, for example, let’s say your grandchildren are visiting you at the end of the month. You want to stock up on batteries. So you go to your computer, your laptop, your tablet, or your smartphone, go to the Internet, go to Amazon.com, and stock up on batteries. They’ll be delivered a few days later, and that’s fine. But what if one of your grandchildren is already visiting you, and she’s playing with an electric truck on the floor, and the battery wears out? On one hand, you could get her all bundled up, put her in the car, and drive to the store to get the battery replacement, and drive all the way back. Wouldn’t it be so much better if you could just go online from Amazon and order it, have it delivered in 30 minutes?” This raises such a good point and as we sit here at our desks we can’t help but wonder what life would be like if a drone dropped off a bag of popcorn and a back scratcher right about now.
What do you guys think of this insane new venture from Amazon — are you excited or do you think it’s a bit too crazy?