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Amazon unveils ‘drone’ delivery service Prime Air - VIDEO

Amazon's 'Octocopter' could be in operation by 2015, says CEO Jeff Bezos. Picture: Amazon.com Amazon's 'Octocopter' could be in operation by 2015, says CEO Jeff Bezos. Picture: Amazon.com

Monday, December 2, 2013
12:31 PM

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos has revealed customers in the future will be able to get their hands on their Cyber Monday purchases in just 30 minutes, thanks to an un-manned flying robot called the ‘Octocopter’.

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The online retailer hopes to have the futuristic, and slightly menacing-sounding, drones in service by 2015, which will lift packages off conveyor belts and fly them a distance of 10 miles.

And to prove how serious it is about the service, which it calls ‘Prime Air’, it has released a video of one of the vehicles on a test flight.

Today is known as Cyber Monday as online shopping peaks on the first Monday of December, with Amazon reporting UK sales of 3.5 million items on the equivalent day in 2012.

The massive increase in volume of packages being sent in the run up to Christmas puts strain on Royal mail who employ hundreds of extra staff, but that could become a thing of the past if out festive purchases are flown straight to our door by Amazon’s drones.

However it needs the Federal Aviation Administration in America to come up with rules for unmanned aerial vehicles before Mr Bezos’ dream can become reality.

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