The worlds largest on-line retailer, Amazon, is considering using drones to deliver packages.
The ‘octocopters’ could handle items weighing up to about five pounds and according to Amazon the customer could be receiving their parcel within half an hour of placing the order.
The US Federal Aviation Administration has yet to approve unmanned drone use for non-military purposes.
Amazon hope to have the service, called Prime Air, operating within five years.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told CBS news:
“I know this looks like science fiction, but it’s not, 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. From a technology point of view, we’ll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place” (source)
Civillian air space is expected to be opened up to a variety of non-military drones by 2015.
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