Amazon.com is testing drones to deliver goods to homes. It says it could be four to five years before they're put to use. Bobbi Rebell reports.
It's not sci-fi. It's a drone. And Amazon hopes to use them to deliver packages. No, seriously. CEO Jeff Bezos told the news magazine "60 MInutes" the retailer is testing unmanned vehicles so they will pick up items from Amazon's distribution centers and fly them directly to customers' homes. He says they can carry packages weighing up to five pounds and deliver them to your porch in just 30 minutes. It'll be another four to five years before they're put to use though, he says. Talk about taking delivery to new heights. Remember the DomiCopter -- Domino's marketing stunt in Britain showing pizza delivered by drones? On a more serious note, drones are used to study ancient ruins and monitor crops in Peru. Just hope these flying spiders don't kill or hurt dogs or people unlike some military drones. Two months ago, a drone crash landed in New York's Grand Central Station, just missing a businessman.
A drone is an aircraft without a pilot, controlled from the ground. • Military drone manufacturers are looking for civilian uses for remote sensing drones to expand their markets
Mmm ... unmanned drones whizzing around our cities. What could possibly go wrong?
Get your students to come up with a list of pros and cons for using drones to deliver goods.