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Title: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Rushy on December 02, 2013, 02:03:20 AM
Amazon.com wants to deliver packages to you, by air, in 30 minutes or less, using helicopter drones.

http://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/video/EVKb8xVjuajoiyHOiF0_BCg94I9PYEpQ/amazon-unveils-futuristic-plan-delivery-by-drone/

Might want to skip about two minutes in if you want to go straight to the actual information.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Lord Dave on December 02, 2013, 02:14:08 AM
Yeah... I can see the FAA having issues with that.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Vindictus on December 02, 2013, 02:32:08 AM
It will take more than 30 minutes to fly across the pacific. Just about anywhere will take longer than 30 minutes.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Rushy on December 02, 2013, 02:46:16 AM
It will take more than 30 minutes to fly across the pacific. Just about anywhere will take longer than 30 minutes.

They have more than one distribution center.

Yeah... I can see the FAA having issues with that.

I can never see this happening at all, honestly. Drones getting destroyed by dogs, running into cars, exploding, hitting people in the face, stolen. Dropping the package off on your roof for no apparent reason. Not to mention the airborne danger they pose to birds and emergency helicopters.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Снупс on December 02, 2013, 03:36:22 AM
aghgghgh I literally came here just now to post this you jerk. >:[

I would love if this happened, though. Not even just for the concept, but packages within 30 minutes! I could be like "hmm i want this new cd", order it, and have it less than an hour later and listen to it! Or the same with games! This would be incredible ;___;
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Rushy on December 02, 2013, 03:39:23 AM
aghgghgh I literally came here just now to post this you jerk. >:[

I would love if this happened, though. Not even just for the concept, but packages within 30 minutes! I could be like "hmm i want this new cd", order it, and have it less than an hour later and listen to it! Or the same with games! This would be incredible ;___;

Yes, it would usher it a whole new generation of lazy shoppers. Also, haha.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Alchemist21 on December 02, 2013, 03:56:33 AM
Imagine Black Friday if this became popular.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Pete Svarrior on December 02, 2013, 03:57:26 AM
I dunno, it could work. There are many obstacles to overcome, but it could work. And it would be glorious.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Rushy on December 02, 2013, 04:15:21 AM
I feel like Amazon revealed this a long time ago. Like, when I read the news on Reddit, I wondered "why is this a top story?" I really thought Amazon had come out with an article about this already. Weird.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Pete Svarrior on December 02, 2013, 04:40:52 AM
I recall seeing a "LOL THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD WILL BE LIKE IN 2050 GUIZE" picture somewhere that featured delivery drones, but I don't think that was Amazon-specific.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Thork on December 02, 2013, 06:30:48 PM
Yeah, this is all very fun, but of course they'd be shot down and contents removed. Sadly this is just a smoke screen by Amazon marketing to hide the real story of the day.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25191651
They've been trying to cheat on their taxes again.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Vindictus on December 02, 2013, 09:09:17 PM
Yeah, this is all very fun, but of course they'd be shot down and contents removed. Sadly this is just a smoke screen by Amazon marketing to hide the real story of the day.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25191651
They've been trying to cheat on their taxes again.

They could just use it in a country that isn't filled with 2nd amendment gun nuts.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Thork on December 02, 2013, 09:11:28 PM
Yeah, this is all very fun, but of course they'd be shot down and contents removed. Sadly this is just a smoke screen by Amazon marketing to hide the real story of the day.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25191651
They've been trying to cheat on their taxes again.

They could just use it in a country that isn't filled with 2nd amendment gun nuts.
They have to come down to ground level to deliver. We can still buy baseball bats.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Vindictus on December 02, 2013, 09:13:21 PM
Yeah, this is all very fun, but of course they'd be shot down and contents removed. Sadly this is just a smoke screen by Amazon marketing to hide the real story of the day.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25191651
They've been trying to cheat on their taxes again.

They could just use it in a country that isn't filled with 2nd amendment gun nuts.
They have to come down to ground level to deliver. We can still buy baseball bats.

Fantastic, we don't have baseball.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Alchemist21 on December 02, 2013, 09:18:03 PM
Yeah, this is all very fun, but of course they'd be shot down and contents removed. Sadly this is just a smoke screen by Amazon marketing to hide the real story of the day.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25191651
They've been trying to cheat on their taxes again.

They could just use it in a country that isn't filled with 2nd amendment gun nuts.
They have to come down to ground level to deliver. We can still buy baseball bats.

Fantastic, we don't have baseball.
Golf clubs also work.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: DuckDodgers on December 02, 2013, 09:50:29 PM
A big stick could also do the trick.  It's a novel idea, but I doubt it'll happen by the end of the decade successfully, i.e. without a bunch of packages being stolen.  Drivers can at least call the cops if they suspect they are being followed and I doubt a drone could accurately distinguish that behavior.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Adolf Hipster on December 02, 2013, 10:46:52 PM
I just heard about this today. A very neat idea, but it suffers from a lot of issues.
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: DuckDodgers on December 03, 2013, 01:22:45 AM
The FAA regulation on GPS drones being one of the biggest issues.  I think I heard that the FAA will be having a look at this rule in 2015?
Title: Re: Amazon PrimeAir
Post by: Socker on December 03, 2013, 06:35:24 AM
Yeah, I saw a video for it today, but I can just see people ordering some cheap item, then trying to throw rocks at/steal the drone for fun.

It's a cool idea, and I want it to work, but I honestly think there are too many inhibitors for it to have a chance.