Jeff Bezos the mastermind behind the Internet’s biggest department store Amazon, has unveiled ambitious plans to kill off Santa and his Christmas reindeer delivery team by replacing them with flying robot drones.
It may sound like the stuff of science fiction but the Amazon CEO says ‘it’s coming sooner than you think’ and the Internet shopping giant has already started testing out their new way of delivering your online order’s, by using the hi-tec flying machines, which will navigate autonomously to your home by using the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Amazon Flying Droids featured on CBS 60 Minutes
On the CBS TV show 60 Minutes, Bezos showed off the new unimaginatively named ‘Octocopters’ and said the goal of ‘Prime Air’ is to get a package delivered to your doorstep within half an hour of placing your order.
Bezos told the news programme that the drones should be capable of carrying a weight of up to five pounds, which covers almost 86% of the items Amazon delivers today but he does admit there could be teething problems with the audacious plan, including the small matter of obtaining the necessary permissions from the USA’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
However Bezos remained optimistic about his most recent brain wave and said that he expects the delivery drones to be flying high within the next four or five years, Bezos said “it will work and it will happen and its going to be a lot of fun.”
If Prime Air does turn into a reality Rudolph and his co-horts will be heading down to the nearest job centre, probably alongside millions of delivery drivers and associated co-workers, who will all become surplus to requirements and just another victim in the relentless progress of technology.
Amazon Prime Air
You could be forgiven for thinking that this article is just a figment of our artificial imagination, so if you don’t believe us feel free to check out Prime Air on the official Amazon web site.