Online retail behemoth Amazon is hoping to have drones delivering orders to customers from its warehouse floor in just half an hour.
In a recent TV appearance on the CBS TV's 60 Minutes show (see below), Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos unveiled the plans to use "octocopters" as part of a programme called "Amazon Prime Air".
But the programme faces challenges, according to a Sky News report, including blustery weather, power lines and trees, and in highly populated cities such as New York, high-rise buildings could also prove troublesome.
Should all these obstacles – along with air traffic control requirements and expectations – be overcome, Bezos claimed the services could be up and running within five years.
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