We’re excited about Prime Air — a future delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using small unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system. Putting Prime Air into service will take some time, but we will deploy when we have the regulatory support needed to realize our vision.
On December 1, 2013, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos appeared on 60 Minutes to reveal “Amazon Prime Air,” a futuristic delivery system for his company’s products. In the interview he revealed that his company has been developing multirotor Miniature Unmanned Air Vehicle (Miniature UAV, otherwise known as drone) technology, with the intent to autonomously fly individual packages to customers’ doorsteps within 30 minutes of ordering. To qualify for 30 minute delivery, the order must be less than five pounds (2.26 kg), which, according to Bezos, includes 86% of the packages Amazon currently sells. The order must also be small enough to fit in the cargo box that the craft will carry, and the delivery location must be within a ten-mile radius of a participating Amazon order fulfillment center.
See more at www.Amazon.com/primeair