Imagine ordering a book, sweater, or DVD box set from Amazon and having it shipped directly to your front door only half an hour later—just in time for the birthday or anniversary you almost forgot.
This might have sounded like a far-fetched concept in the past, but it could become a realistic possibility for consumers thanks the new drone delivery technology that Amazon is currently testing.
According to a recent announcement by company CEO Jeff Bezos on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Amazon plans to launch the service, called Amazon Prime Air, in 2015, Forbes points out.
The company has published a short video (see below) as well as a Frequently Asked Questions page that explains how the service—which uses small drones for air delivery—will work and what it will entail.
However, Amazon will have to wait for the FAA’s permission before it can make its Prime Air service publicly available and fly drones in U.S. airspace. The FAA hopes to finalize its regulations regarding drones in U.S. airspace by 2015. Forbes reports that the organization’s main concerns include safety (specifically, the drone’s ability to sense and avoid other aircraft) as well as any privacy issues that may arise from camera-equipped drones.
Check out Amazon’s video on Prime Air below.