Jeff Bezos, who is the founder of Amazon announced that the company is currently developing unmanned aerial drones that are planned to be used for customers delivery in five years. Bezos said: “I know this looks like science fiction. Its not.”
The company is known as the worlds largest companies in the retail business, which operates in two main segments – an International one and a segment located in North America. Amazon is also a manufacturer and seller of the world-famous Kindle devices. After breaking the news to the wide public, Mr. Bezos also had the kindness to unveil a square device that has eight propellers and a grip holding on to yellow buckets for parcels.
This is the latest initiative of the company, which is also part of the so-called “moonshot” project. The initiative is also one of the Elon Musks (Tesla) and Sergey Brins (Google) favourite ones. Both Tesla and Google are making tests and attempts on creating reliable airborne internet providers, accelerating transit networks and making self-driving cars. In an interview for the television programme 60 Minutes, Jeff Bezos explained that if successful, the drones will provide the company with the opportunity to deliver packages within 30 minutes after the customers pressed the “buy” button in Amazons website. He also expressed his strong hopes this will finally happen after four or five years.
The fact that the drones developed by the company are currently called “Octocopters” must be permitted by the rules of the Federal Aviation Administration, should also not be underestimated. In addition, Mr Bezos explained that the drones are not planned to be controlled remotely by human operators and are expected to be autonomous enough. He said: “These are autonomous. So you give them instructions of which GPS co-ordinates to go to, and they take off and they fly to those GPS co-ordinates.” If this really happens, it could be considered as one of the best innovations in the last few years.
Of course, Amazon will be expected to work hard on the technology in question in order to provide their users with a reliable, fast and efficient customer service. This service is called Prime Air by Amazon. It is a great example of the companys efforts to gain bigger profits and leave their customers perfectly satisfied with the services they get. By doing that, Amazon actually attacks more bricks-and-mortar stores. Moreover, the company has already managed to drawn eBay and Walmart into a race of offering same-day courier delivery to their customers by posing a real challenge to them.
Amazon did not gave a direct answer of the question if the drone-based deliveries would be cheaper than the current ones. On the other hand, the company announced that the drones would be able to carry packages with a weight up to 2.3 kg.
According to Financial Times, the current share price of Amazon.com Inc is up 1.79%, and the one-year return rate is up 56.65%. On Friday, the company closed at 393.62, which is 0.12% below its 52-week high of 394.10.