Amazon has just revealed plans for a drone delivery system that can deliver items to customers in 30 minutes, and CEO Jeff Bezos said that it could realistically take off within the next five years.
The automatic delivery drone known as the octocopter will be guided by a GPS navigation system and will be able to take a package from one of the Amazon fulfillment centers and fly it directly to the customer’s front porch in just 30 minutes. Amazon hopes that they can provide this service to customers within a certain radius of a fulfillment center to improve delivery capabilities.
“It looks like science fiction, but it's real," said Amazon in a statement.
The drone delivery service is being called Prime Air, and early prototypes have already proved successful. The company says that its biggest hurdle will be getting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, to allow an unmanned aerial vehicle to do what Amazon needs it to do.
"The FAA is actively working on rules and an approach for unmanned aerial vehicles that will prioritize public safety," said Amazon. "Safety will be our top priority, and our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards."
Amazon says that the FAA could have the regulations in place by 2015, which would allow them to move forward to the final stages of launching Prime Air. The company believes that one day, drone delivery will be a normal part of life.
"One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today," said Amazon.
Check out the Amazon Prime Air video demonstration below.