Amazon.com is testing drones to deliver goods as the world’s largest e-commerce company works to improve efficiency and speed in getting products to consumers.
Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos unveiled the plan on CBS’s “60 Minutes” news program in the U.S., showing interviewer Charlie Rose the flying machines that can serve as delivery vehicles. The CEO said the gadgets, called octocopters, can carry as much as five pounds within a 10-mile radius of an Amazon fulfillment center. Amazon may start using the drones, which can make a delivery within 30 minutes, within five years pending Federal Aviation Administration approval, Bezos said.
“It will work, and it will happen, and it’s gonna be a lot of fun,” he said in the “60 Minutes” interview broadcast Sunday. (Photo: Amazon/AFP/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: Now with way better sports like Alpine 2-handed skiff racing. I hear the Alpine Tornado event is gonna be ballin’ too.
As solar arrays go, it’s an absolute stunner, and in that way may be almost prototypically Japanese. Who else, after all, would attempt to turn a seventy-megawatt solar power plant, serving some 22,000 homes, into a tourist attraction? It’s an impressive piece of infrastructure that looks like an ethereal launch pad for ET’s ride home, complete with observation decks, a viewing room, and a science exhibit, all framed by an active volcano (Sakurajima; last eruption: 1914) on an extremely vulnerable-looking waterfront site. Aesthetically speaking, it certainly beats our best effort: endless, infinite rows of mute PVs stretching far out into the West Texas desert.