Variety: In four or five years, Amazon customers may no longer need to rely on the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx or UPS to deliver their packages to their doorsteps.
In an eyebrow-raising maneuver that put the future on display while audiences were waiting for “The Amazing Race” and “The Good Wife,” the online-retailing giant seized the chance offered by a Charlie Rose-led segment on “60 Minutes” to unveil an effort it is making to use automated drones to deliver the millions of goods its customers order.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, told Rose on the CBS program that the drones could carry up to five pounds of goods in a ten-mile radius from one of the company’s fulfillment centers.
On Dec. 1, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told Charlie Rose on “60 Minutes” that the company is in the R&D stage of developing a drone delivery system called Amazon PrimeAir. The drones would theoretically deliver packages of up to 5 pounds directly to people’s doorsteps in as little as 30 minutes after purchase.