Amazon.com has begun testing drones for delivering goods with goals of advancing delivery speed and efficiency and reducing environmental impact of package delivery, CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said on “60 Minutes.”
Bezos told interviewer Charlie Rose that the octocopters are designed to transport up to five pounds worth of packages in about half an hour and within a radius of 10 miles from Amazon fulfillment centers.
The company also wants to entice customers to shop online instead of visiting physical stores.
According to Bloomberg, the company has partnered with the U.S. Postal Service for Sunday shipments to Prime delivery program members and is awaiting Federal Aviation Administration approval within a period of five years.
Bloomberg reports the drone experimentation is intended as part of a Congress directive for the FAA to assimilate drones into the country’s airspace within two years.