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Amazon.com testing drone delivery service






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Amazon is testing a new way of delivering parcels. It wants to use drones. It will get packages to customers in 30 minutes. Drones are small, remote-controlled helicopters called 'octocopters'. They look like toys. Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos talked about them on the TV show '60 Minutes'. He said his project wasn't science fiction. He said he could do half-hour delivery and carry objects up to 2.3kg. This covers 86 per cent of the things Amazon delivers. Mr Bezos said: "It won't work for everything. We're not going to deliver kayaks, or table saws this way."

The new delivery system is called 'Prime Air'. It could start before the year 2018. Bezos thinks it will be good for the environment. "It's very green and it's better than driving trucks around," he said. The U.S. government still needs to say OK. Amazon is making sure the 'octocopter' meets America's flying safety standards. Bezos joked that the 'octocopters' couldn't "land on somebody's head while they're walking around." He said Amazon had to find new ways to be number one. Companies can disappear quickly. Other businesses can overtake them, especially if they use technology.

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