Popular online retailer Amazon.com Inc. plans to deliver packages using drones within four to five years, CEO Jeff Bezossaid Sunday on the CBS television program “60 Minutes.” If successful, Amazon could become the first retailer to employ the technology.
The drones, called “octocopters,” will pick up items from Amazon’s distribution centers and fly them to customer’s homes, Bezos said.
The aim of the first-generation drones, which have a 10-mile radius, is to deliver packages within 30 minutes. The program has been dubbed “Prime Air.”
"In urban areas you could actually cover very significant portions of the population," Bezos said.
He added that the drones were electric and “very green, it’s better than driving trucks around.”
Bezos said the drones could deliver packages that weigh up to five pounds. That represents roughly 86 percent of packages that Amazon delivers, he said.