You know something’s an ambitious idea when the first statement on a product’s website is whether or not it’s a joke. That would definitely describe Amazon’s latest announcement: Prime Air. Believe it or not, aerial drones not unlike the DJI Phantom John P. “fixed” could soon be delivering your packages.
When I said soon, I admit I was stretching the truth. This plan has a lot of hurdles, namely federal regulations. Current FAA regulations allow 3 applications for drone use: military, law enforcement, and hobbyists. Amazon’s plan, as the law stands, would be illegal. Commercial drone laws would have to have be enacted, and at best estimates, it will be 2015 before services like Prime Air would be kosher. Based on estimates, it could be 4-5 year minimum before Prime Air is an option
Once it does hit, it would work something like this. You place your order on the website. The Amazon warehouse prepares your order and places it in the hard plastic Prime Air box. The Box is sent down the line to the next available delivery octacopter where is it delivered in a 30-minute timeframe. It is then delivered to your house and dropped off. The drone then returns to base for the next shipment. From the looks of it, this will only be an option for smaller packages. It would also not surprise me if it were limited in to just a few markets because of infrastructure.
You can bet you’ll be hearing more about this from Geek Beat, especially on this Friday’s Geek Beat Live. Until then, what do you think? Leave comments below or on our social media pages.