Some in Lexington skeptical of Amazon's proposed drone delivery

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - In an exclusive interview with "60 Minutes" on CBS, Amazon.com revealed they're looking at changing the way packages are delivered to your home.

C.E.O. Jeff Bezos took Charlie Rose into the heart of the project.

"Oh, man...Oh, my God!" reacted Rose.

"This is, these are octocopters," said Bezos.

That was the glimpse into a possible future of delivery shown on Sunday, or at least the future Bezos foresees.

"I know this looks like science fiction. It's not," said Bezos.

Currently the use of GPS-guided drones is just a concept, but Bezos estimates the technology may only be a few years away from being a reality.

"Half hour delivery and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds, which covers 86 percent of the items that we deliver," he explained, adding that the Amazon Prime Air delivery system could span a 10-mile radius from a fulfillment center.

In Lexington, that span could cover quite a number of neighborhoods and businesses. Still, the concept wasn't exactly welcome to some inside the 10-mile radius from Lexington's Amazon Fulfillment Center on Mercer Road.

"Everybody is trying to make things more advanced than they should be. What happened to the good ol' classic getting somebody in the truck and driving around?" reacted William Kairn. "I think it's a waste of technology."

"I'm thinking it's going to take a lot of people out of work, so I don't know if it's too good," added Brandon Wright.

The drones, according to Bezos, are run on electric motors making them very green. He also said in the the interview that there are still obstacles to overcome because he doesn't want it "(to) land on somebody's head while they're walking around their neighborhood."

"And so, it won't work for everything; you know, we're not going to deliver kayaks or table saws this way," he elaborated.


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