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The online store Amazon is testing a new method delivering parcels. It wants to start using drones to get packages to customers, just 30 minutes. The drones are small, remote-controlled helicopters called 'octocopters'. They look like toys. Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos talked them the American TV show '60 Minutes'. He said: "I know this looks like science fiction. It's not." He added: "We can do half-hour delivery...and we can carry objects, we think, to 2.3kg, which covers 86 per cent the items that we deliver." He joked that Amazon would not be able to deliver some things. He said: "It won't work everything. We're not going to deliver kayaks, or table saws this way."

The new delivery system is going to be called 'Prime Air'. It could be operation the year 2018. Mr Bezos believes it will be good the environment. "It's very green and it's better than driving trucks around," he said. The project still needs the green light the U.S. government. The company is making sure the 'octocopter' meets all the country's flying safety standards. Bezos only has one concern his 'octocopters'. He said: "This thing can't land somebody's head while they're walking their neighborhood." He said Amazon needed to keep finding new ways to stay ahead. He knows that companies can have a short life span and that other businesses can overtake them, especially those using technology.

 


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