Bezos Introduces Octocopters

By Christina Birchfield | 12/5/2013

Octocopter delivery drones—clean, green and fast. Will the next green home amenity be an octocopter pad?


Imagine ordering something on Amazon and having a drone deliver it to you in half an hour. Sounds like science fiction, but come 2015 or so, your deliveries might just arrive by speedy green drone. The drones are all electric. Thus drone delivery is greener than most truck delivery.

On CBS, Charlie Rose interviewed Jeff Bezos about the secrets of and the drones—Bezos’ latest idea.

We can do “half hour delivery, and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds, which covers 86 percent of the items that we deliver,” Bezos says. Such speedy delivery could be accomplished by 2015 within a 10-mile radius of an Amazon fulfillment center. “So, in urban areas,” Bezos says, “you could actually cover very significant portions of the population.”

The drones will be given GPS coordinates in order to make deliveries. The hardest part of creating the drone-delivery system “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 said. (Stephen Colbert has his own interesting take on the drones - the only danger, “a few homes get carpet gifted with collateral generosity.”)

Amazon, founded in Bezos’ garage in 1994, now has 225 million global customers. His last big idea launched in Seattle and then in Los Angeles was AmazonFresh. AmazonFresh offers same-day delivery of groceries. Combine the grocery delivery and the drones, and one would never have to leave home to pick up some forgotten ingredient or snack.

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