This past Sunday, Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and founder, appeared on “60 Minutes” to show Charlie Rose some pretty cool tech currently in R&D at Amazon. Drones! With Prime Air, customers will receive packages via “octocopters” as quickly as 30 minutes after buying.
Once again Amazon shows that it is truly one of the most innovative companies, willing to take risks to achieve greatness. As a former Amazonian, I have nothing but confidence that Amazon can do this safely and efficiently but I am left wondering where exactly will Amazon leave my package? I already have to deal with the USPS leaving my packages in my lobby for anyone to claim. WIll my packages end up on a NYC sidewalk? Perhaps we will see Prime Air landing pads on the roofs of every building in NYC. I would happily put a landing pad on the Pontiflex roof deck if it meant getting packages in 30 minutes.
I imagine a lot of possibilities with this tech. Hopefully delivery will not be constrained to my home or work address. I could potentially use my phones GPS to have packages delivered to me wherever I am. No more having to settle for a crappy $3 bodega umbrella on those days I forget to check the weather.
I have one feature request for Jeff though. Please put a video camera on the drone so that I can watch the flight of my package in real-time. I will order from Amazon all day long when this first launches.