Nowadays, consumers expect everything to be instantaneous, especially when it comes to tech: loading websites, downloading files, sending messages and receiving updates from friends and businesses alike. Amazon has hooked into the consumer’s desire for fast service and revealed a very exciting and futuristic possibility for its delivery system.
Can’t wait a day for Amazon Prime to deliver? Well, Amazon may one day have delivery drones that can bring your package to your doorstep in 30 minutes or less. Sounds like the type of guarantee your pizza delivery guy might make. But we aren’t talking about pizza; we’re talking about Amazon deliveries to anywhere within 10 miles of an Amazon warehouse, which are located all over the U.S.
During a recent 60 Minutes interview, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos revealed that the company is attempting to develop a delivery system that could eliminate wait times for consumers who order products online with the help of flying delivery drones.
“It will work and it will happen, and it’s gonna be a lot of fun,” said Bezos of the new project.
Obviously, this kind of announcement caught the attention of news outlets, social media and just about everyone with internet access. But how close are Amazon’s drones to reality? From the looks of things, not very.
Bezos said during his interview that the project is still in the research and development stage and wouldn’t be available to the public before 2015. He explained it might take an additional 4 years before the program comes to fruition, largely due to restrictions set in place by the FFA. However, the FFA suggests it might not be until 2026 that these little drones are allowed to fly in our skies.