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Amazon Drone Package Delivery [Pic]

When Amazon boss Jeff Bezos announced last December he was moving ahead with plans to use drones for delivering packages to customers, many observers dismissed his idea as a cheap publicity stunt.

Despite the fact that he already had a prototype to show off, as well as a video showing how the service might work, it seemed to many that unveiling the proposed service the day before Cyber Monday was merely an attempt to get Amazons name in the headlines during a critical period for e-tailers, and that talk of the idea would simply fade away over time.amazondelivery
In a recent letterto shareholders, however, Bezos makes it clear that not only is there a team of engineers currently working on developing the Prime Air delivery drone, but that its actually been very busy indeed.

Besides safety concerns, Amazon will have to find a way of building a relatively quiet flying machine.

The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles, Bezos wrote in the letter, adding, We are in the design phase on generations 7 and 8.

Amazons plan is to build a machine capable of delivering packages of up to five pounds to addresses within 10 miles of its US fulfillment centers, though even if the engineers design a machine capable of doing this, Bezos is well aware there areother obstaclesto overcome before the service has any chance of getting off the ground in four or five years.

The hardest challenge in making this happen is going to be demonstrating this to the standards of the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) that this is a safe thing to do, Bezos said in a 60 Minutes interview last year when he first pulled the wraps off the idea.

Besides safety concerns, Amazon will have to find a way of building a relatively quiet flying machine, for those living close to its fulfillment centers wont take too kindly to having their peace shattered by an army of noisy drones passing overhead, no matter what time of day.

And as for those promising to blast theWebgiants octocopters out of the sky if they see one like this guy in Colorado who said he wont hesitate to shoot one down if has a chance and will happily go to jail with a smile over my face itll surely take more than a few Amazon vouchers and a free Prime subscription to placate them.

Theres clearly some way to go for Amazons Prime Air project, but according to Bezoss recent letter to shareholders, the idea really does appear to be moving closer to becoming a reality.

Amazon Is Looking Into A Drone Delivery Option…. Seriously.

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Date: 06/11/15 07:38 AM

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    LadyMorgue Female 30-39
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    June 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    Link: Amazon Drone Package Delivery - Amazon Is Looking Into A Drone Delivery Option.... Seriously.
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    jbwhite Male 18-29
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    June 11, 2014 at 8:17 am
    Why is this surprising? What don`t you understand about robots taking over 90% of modern jobs. (no worries new jobs in fields that haven`t even been dreamt of yet will keep people in work).
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    normalfreak2 Male 18-29
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    June 11, 2014 at 8:38 am
    One day "when/if we have the technologies shown in Star Trek where no one is fighting over resources everyone can have whatever they want. A pipe dream now.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    June 11, 2014 at 8:42 am
    air pigs
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    Mikeoxsbiggg Male 30-39
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    June 11, 2014 at 10:05 am
    I think its a great idea but agree with the need for silent drones. They should also travel along routes that have less people in case of drone engine failure.
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    June 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm

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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    June 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    The inclusion of a specially-trained hamster pilot on each drone will provide the option for manual control in the case of any equipment failures.

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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    June 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm
    ...and I`ll sit on my patio, armed with a potato cannon, ready to shoot that thing down and steal your new Kindle.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    June 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm
    Slingshots, BB guns, paintballs... it wouldn`t take much to foul up one of those things and bring it down. And the temptation would be awfully big for lots of lowlifes out there.
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    fancythat Male 30-39
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    June 12, 2014 at 11:31 am
    This was a 60 minutes story about 3 months ago. I can`t wait to see what the mods approve for tomorrow`s stories! Check pinterest now, folks.

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