Delivery by Drone

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Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, announced Sunday night on 60 Minutes that a drone delivery program is in the works for the web retail giant. Already coined Prime Air, the idea is to have small unmanned helicopters flying around delivering packages to your doorstep within 30 minutes of your purchase. “I know this looks like science fiction,” said Bezos. “It’s not.”

Although Amazon seems to think it has the technology ready for takeoff, it could be two or more years before regulations for the drones are in place, reports The New York Times. Obvious complications arise in regards to logistics, F.A.A. regulations, theft, and landing drones in crowded areas. “The hard part here is putting in all the redundancy, all the reliability, all the systems you need to say, ‘Look, this thing can’t land on somebody’s head while they’re walking around their neighborhood,’” Bezos told 60 Minutes.

Drones were approved for commercial use in early 2012, but many have taken exception to the technology, which has been used for surveillance, reports The Times. The small-unmanned aircrafts are gaining in popularity for many uses; journalists are even flying drones into locations that are difficult to access, such as areas destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

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