amazon prime air drone system delivers goods in 30 minutes
amazon prime air drone system delivers goods in 30 minutes amazon prime air drone system delivers goods in 30 minutes
dec 02, 2013

amazon prime air drone system delivers goods in 30 minutes

amazon prime air: automated drone delivery system
image courtesy amazon




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:



amazon prime air: automated drone delivery system
video courtesy amazon
  • what a nonsense

    name says:
  • The idea seems pretty neat, but I am not sure it would be such a viable idea. What if i live in an apartment block in the 20th floor. Will it just leave the parcel downstairs on the pavement for anyone to pick up? Will it wait for me downstairs? I think having a person deliver just makes so much more sense. Whats wrong with waiting a little bit anyways? If i need a tool and dont have it, its either tough shit or i go ask a neighbor.

    Also your average post man is a lot quieter than one of those. Am I going to get woken up by one of these, because my neighbor decides to have his new iPhone case delivered in 30 mins? Also i’d love to see what happens if I order something and have it delivered to that county that officially allowed shooting down of drones and even gives a reward for it – i forget the name right now. 😀

    armin says:
  • Ahahaha! It could be good start for a Doctor Who episode…

    Ag says:
  • ……….been hard at work conceptualizing the future of deliveries…………

    Jon says:
  • a plastic box for every delivery? I thougt jokes came on the 1st of april..

    Teo says:
  • where is my concrete block order?????

    alberto says:
  • Agree with Armin’s comments. I think drones are going to be hated — loss of privacy, loss of peace and quiet, loss of clear skies.

    Plus… energy consumption. How much does it cost to deliver a 2 pound package, say, 5 miles and back?

    James says:
  • I feel people would shoot at drones in order to steal the packages. it’s unlikely you get PrimaAir for a laptop sleeve, but more likely for a expensive item. so the battle is on!

    janu says:
  • It would be very useful in transporting objects between factory sheds.

    paulodiasdesign says:
  • But…. controversy exists as 1) Waste: a plastic box for product and 2) security: the propellers could injure dogs and curious children

    paulodiasdesign says:
  • regarding 20th floor ….just leave your window open!

    Matthew says:
  • With the constant increasing number of online orders, I can imagine that they will be thousands of these little machines flying above our heads every day.
    What if a collision between two of them happen?
    I would rather not be walking on the street that day…

    Vlender says:
  • I feel sorry for people that only have negative comments for such an incredible innovation and initiative to improve parcel delivery. There may be many negatives, but not even one positive? Your lives are full of limitations that you imposed on yourselves.

    dailyobserver says:
  • The people with negative comments, are designers who live in the REAL world! The film may have had more credibility if there had been a label on the box, and shouldn’t he have signed for it?

    Gerald Peake says:
  • I believe this type system might be possible some day. Yes, there are a lot of things to iron out, but then electricity also had its problems starting up too. We are all too quick to point out why something won’t work, when instead, we should be trying to find out how it WILL work. Perhaps there might be an opportunity for someone to create personal mailboxes available for Amazon-PrimeAir Deliveries, located on top of buildings? I always thought GPS-guided lighter than solar powered air ships (balloons) could transport large products in the near future. With every problem, there is a solution, with every solution, there is an opportunity!

    Dennis says:
  • “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”

    Albert Einstein

    John says:
  • Well, I do like the Idea of getting orders quickly, AND I do not realy beleave that the loss of privacy caused by civil drones can be much bigger than the status quo in times where any mobile phone is a class 1 audio/video spycam and noone bothers about that…

    Still I wonder how they plan to deal with obstacles like Wind or limitted Battery power…

    Anders says:
  • You could use it when stuck in gridlock to get a burger delivered!

    Andy says:
  • If I order a drone, does it deliver itself?

    Peter Strømberg says:
  • I wish I manufactured the little yellow boxes. Think shovel sellers during the Gold Rush.

    I like your koan Peter.

    Miel says:

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