Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced “octocopters” during a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes Sunday night. Since then the internet has been imagining what it would be like to have packages delivered in 30 minutes or less by drone.
Prime Air is testing the service that would allow small unmanned drones to deliver smaller packages purchased through the online shopping giant. Bezos said the “goal of the new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less”.
One British bookseller, Waterstones has introduced its own delivery system O.W.L.S. or Ornithological Waterstones Landing Service as a “brand new way to receive your favourite books”.
“O.W.L.S. consists of a fleet of specially trained owls that, either working individually or as an adorable team, will be able to deliver your package within thirty minutes of you placing your order.”
Marketing the service as just how Harry Potter did it can only increase sales. They predict it will take years to make the new delivery service a reality or as long as it would take to train the owls considering they just thought of it this morning.
The video posted on YouTube to spoof Amazon’s announcement is only one of the ways the internet is challenging the drone delivery service.
Twitter user @QuantumPirate posted a picture of what he imagines the missed drone delivery slip would look like. Several options are available for why you package wasn’t delivered as well as where your package may be found or why it is lost.
“No appropriate landing site could be found as a result package has been left out of reach up a neighbor’s tree”
“Your package has been destroyed along with the drone after it strayed into restricted airspace as a result we will fly again tomorrow with a camera to take pictures of your hot neighbor getting dressed”
“Drone reached sentience and defected to join the machines in the upcoming revolution against mankind as a result the worker who arranged this delivery will be punished”
Although it seems likely delivery by drone is several years away, needing approval from the FAA to use drones commercially, it’s never too soon to prepare yourself for the rise of the machines.