Amazon Shows Off Cool New Delivery Drones – Say Goodbye To UPS And FedEx (VIDEO)

Amazon is planning on taking over the world – as if it hasn’t already. It’s currently trying to get regulators in the U.S. to approve its new drone delivery system. While it has been discussing this concept for some time, it’s newest video narrated by Top Gear ex-cohost Jeremy Clarkson shows off the latest prototype model of its Prime Air drone. Not only is it larger, more powerful, but exceptionally efficient in making deliveries. If everything goes to plan, pretty soon FedEx, UPS, and delivery drivers everywhere might be delivering a whole lot fewer packages. It’s not just a dream anymore; the technology is ready to go.

While some tinkering will be needed, the main obstacle that needs to be overcome is support from the government. In the meantime, Amazon wants everyone to know about its plans:

“We’re excited about Prime Air — a future delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using small unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system. Putting Prime Air into service will take some time, but we will deploy when we have the regulatory support needed to realize our vision.”

Here’s what it wants to do:

Amazon’s aeronautics experts are proposing that a 200ft wide range of air, located between 200ft to 400ft off the ground, be reserved exclusively for drone delivery. Furthermore, it thinks another 100ft of airspace should be designated as a no-fly zone (the airspace between 400ft and 500ft off the ground) so that drones don’t interfere with traditional aircraft. Sounds fair enough.

Pic via The Guardian

Pic via The Guardian

In time, Amazon envisions an entire family of Amazon drones, with different designs for different environments. And, the FAA is playing along. Earlier this year, it permitted Amazon to test and experiment with more than 12 different prototypes. Currently, the restrictive nature of the rules specify that drones must stay in the line of sight of operators, and can only fly up to 100 mph. But, expect them to soften their stance on that once the technology proves itself further. Don’t bet against Amazon getting its way. And they’re not the only company looking for this to push its way through.

The real question is, what will this mean for jobs? Well, as economist Joseph Schumpeter has always said, “creative destruction” is the key to progress. UPS and FedEx might not like it, but it’s the new way of doing things. One day, especially with the advent of autonomous vehicles, there may well be no such thing as a delivery driver. Your grandchild will watch old movies and laugh at the prospect of an actual human being delivering you a package. New jobs, possibly maintaining the drones or coordinating them, will need to replace the old.

Even if a specific few hate it, the people that receive new high-paying jobs working on drones, building them, etc., will likely enjoy the new era we’re all about to experience. Put another way, who wants to see the milkman come back into the fray? Didn’t think so.

Featured image via CNN Money