amazon prime air: automated drone delivery system
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amazon’s next generation research and development lab have been hard at work conceptualizing the future of deliveries with ‘prime air’. the system, which aims to have packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones, will be ready to enter commercial operation as early as 2015. currently, the federal aviation administration (FAA) is determining specific laws for how autonomous aerial vehicles can be utilized for delivery. ‘our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards,’ states amazon. in the coming years, the company hopes that ‘prime air’ will be as ubiquitous as mail trucks and on the road today.
to see the drone in action, see the video below: