Amazon Testing Drones for Deliveries

Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is taking boosting efficiency through technology to the next level, testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers.

Chief Executive Jeff Bezos says the drones called Octocopters, could deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg to customers within 30 minutes of them placing the order.

However, he added that it could take up to five years for the service to start.

Mr Bezos said: "I know this looks like science fiction, but it's not.

"We can do half-hour delivery... and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds (2.3kg), which covers 86% of the items that we deliver."

The service will be called Prime Air and comes as Amazon is looking to improve its efficiency to boost growth; however the service still has to wait for permission from US regulators.

Amazon posted a video on their website, showing a drone collecting a package from its warehouse and delivering it to a customer's house.

Amazon said: "From a technology point of view, we'll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place".

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