Amazon plans to deliver goods via drones
It’s the rise of the machines – quite literally.
Amazon is announcing Prime Air, a program to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones.
But deployment for Prime Air is not ready yet for prime time.
“Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations,” Amazon announced on its website.
Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., made the plan public on CBS’s 60 minutes. He said the world's largest e-commerce company was testing drones to deliver goods as it works to improve efficiency and speed in getting products to consumers.
The “octocopters” will carry as much as five pounds within a 10-mile radius of an Amazon warehouse, Bezos said.
However, the plan still needs approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
"It will work, and it will happen, and it's going to be a lot of fun," Bezo said said.
The program will cater to Amazon’s Prime customers, who pay $79 for access to expedited shipping and video content.
The announcement comes on the heels of Amazon’s recent deal with the U.S. Postal Service to begin delivering packages on Sunday.
Amazon currently has about 89 warehouses with plans to open seven more in its push to compete with brick-and-mortal retailers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.