Amazon Testing Delivery of Packages via Drones

by Knowlton Thomas

Amazon is testing delivering packages via drones.

Jeff Bezos, the online retailer's chief executive officer, revealed the news Sunday on CBS show "60 Minutes." According to him, drones could deliver packages weighing up to five pounds—or about 86% of all Amazon orders.

However, don't expect drones to be dropping off books at your doorstep any time soon: Bezos admitted the technology wouldn't be ready for real use for another five years—assuming drones became legal in this capacity, which currently they are not.

Critics are speculating as to why Bezos would even mention a plan so wildly impractical and far off, with the most common theory so far being that the CEO simply wants to stir the public and investors' interest in the company's pursuit of innovation and grand view of the future.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection., Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. and other... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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