Bezos reveals plans for 30 minute drone-based delivery

Bezos was on 60 Minutes yesterday and spoke about Amazon’s plans for Prime Air, a 30 minute drone-based delivery service. This is from Amazon’s Prime Air page:

We’re excited to share Prime Air — something the team has been working on in our next generation R&D lab.

The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.

Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.

This is absolutely fantastic to me, in both sense of the word (fanciful and wonderful). If it was anyone else, I would be skeptical to the point of disbelief. But Bezos has done the improbable many times, and just might have what it takes to clear the logistical hurdles to pull this off. And lest you think this is pure marketing fluff, watch the video to see how far along this project is. Wow.

Here’s a link to the entire interview. Gotta love Charlie Rose.