NEW YORK – Need a quick delivery? Jeff Bezos wants to send in the drones.
That’s the not-so-distant reality the Amazon.com CEO envisions, a future in which his company transports packages in 30 minutes or less – using self-guided drones.
Bezos said the drones can carry packages that weigh up to five pounds, which covers about 86 percent of the items Amazon delivers. The current generation of drones the company is testing has a range of about 10 miles, which Bezos noted could cover a significant portion of the population in urban areas.
While many regulatory hurdles stand in the way, it’s not hard to imagine how such a service might change our lives. Forget home delivery. With the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project, Amazon potentially can deliver goods to customers who are camped out in the middle of a field.
Here are some novel ways consumer might make use of a delivery drone service:
- Sitting at the ballpark and don’t want to pay $8.50 for a beer? No worries. As an Amazon Prime customer, the “Amazon Express Chopper” will bring you a cold six-pack of your favorite craft beer for just $7.
- You’re out on a romantic picnic with your girlfriend when the silence is broken by a low buzzing. The chopper slowly approaches her with a diamond ring and a note: Will you marry me?
- Out hiking in the woods and hungry? Don’t fret. Amazon will bring you a hot pizza with all the toppings. And don’t forget that 30-minutes-or-less guarantee.
- Want the latest news? Twitter and iPhones are so 2013. Amazon will bring you a freshly printed copy of the Bezos-owned Washington Post.
- For the right price, maybe the drone will even change your baby’s diaper and fly off with the dirty one.
- Forgot your mother’s birthday? No you didn’t. Amazon will fly flowers to her doorstep with “hand-signed” card – at any hour.
- Finally, an unmanned aircraft could be used to deliver your very own drone. Just don’t use the new toy to start delivering goods yourself. If you do, Bezos might send his new drone army after you.