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    Amazon will deliver packages in 30 minutes using drones

    Amazon will deliver packages in 30 minutes using drones



    THE COMPANY ADMITS it looks like science fiction, but Amazon promises that it is very close to launching a new 30-minute delivery service using drones.
    The technologies are ready, according to the Research & Development team, but the regulations need to catch up.
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently working on a set of rules for the unmanned aerial vehicles.
    Amazon believes that people will get as used to seeing its Prime Air drones in the air as they are about spotting mail trucks on the roads.
    The timeline cited by the company would see regulations, rules and technologies in place in 2015.

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    this one has a different timeline - 4-5 years - if approved by FAA

    what else can we have 'by drone' - KFC, Svensen's Icecream, pizza (maybe stack the pieces a big flat box not aerodynamic). Dialabeer - 2.5kg - would that be a 6-pack of canned beer?

    How would they avoid all the power wires?

    Amazon experimenting with delivery by drones, chief executive says
    December 2, 2013 5:37 pm
    New York - Online retailer Amazon is testing drones to deliver packages, chief executive Jeff Bezos said but admitted it could be several years before they would be put to use.

    The so-called octocopter would be able to deliver packages to consumers within 30 minutes, Bezos told broadcaster CBS programme 60Minutes Sunday.

    The unmanned aerial devices would only be used for small, urgent orders to be delivered within short distances, he said.

    The eight-propeller drones could transport packages weighing up to2.5 kilograms and about 16 kilometres away from a distribution centre, Bezos said.

    But more testing was needed, he said, as well as the approval of the US Federal Aviation Administration. And while Bezos expected to offer the service only in four to five years, he already has a name for it: Prime Air.//DPA

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    Bigger blades I know, but any opposition may well cite this accident in September

    Man Dies In Horrific Remote-Controlled Helicopter Accident In NYC Park
    September 5, 2013
    A man was killed while operating a remote-controlled helicopter at a park in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon.

    Just before 4 p.m. at Calvert Vaux Park in the Gravesend section of the borough, 19-year-old Roman Pirozek Jr. suffered a severed neck when the blade of the chopper somehow hit him. He was pronounced dead a short time later, CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider reported.

    The guy was flying the helicopter and it was out of control and it chopped off his neck. It decapitated him, said Joseph Greco, one of four witnesses to see the horror unfold.

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    nice. sit outside with a shotgun and see what free gifts you can get by shooting them down as they fly overhead.

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    The drones themselves would be worth a few quid Gerbil.

    Disable the GPS tracker and flog 'em on ebay.


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    Quote Originally Posted by prawnograph
    The unmanned aerial devices would only be used for small, urgent orders to be delivered within short distances, he said.
    I can think of one industry that would benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Disable the GPS tracker and flog 'em on ebay.
    or Amazon, for a nice touch of irony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil View Post
    nice. sit outside with a shotgun and see what free gifts you can get by shooting them down as they fly overhead.
    why shoot them down - when piracy is an option?

    from:

    Now There's a Zombie Drone That Hunts, Controls, and Kills Other Drones
    Fri Dec. 6, 2013

    When 27-year-old Samy Kamkar—a security researcher who famously made one million Myspace friends in a single day—heard the announcement on Sunday that Amazon was planning to start delivering packages via drone in 2015, he had an idea.

    He knew that whenever new technology, like drones, becomes popular quickly, there are bound to be security flaws.

    And he claims that he found one within 24 hours and promptly exploited it: America, meet the zombie drone that Kamkar says hunts, hacks, and takes over nearby drones. With enough hacks, a user can allegedly control an entire zombie drone army capable of flying in any direction, taking video of your house, or committing mass drone-suicide.

    "I've been playing with drones for a few years," Kamkar, who is based in Los Angeles, tells Mother Jones. "I'm sure that with most of the drones out there, if you scrutinize the security, you'll find some kind of vulnerability." Kamkar says that the Amazon announcement was an opportunity to point out that drone security has room for improvement.

    Kamkar's hack, also known as "Skyjack," was performed on a Parrot AR Drone 2 (More than 500,000 Parrot drones have been sold since 2010, and it's been used to help collected flight data for the European Space Agency.)

    Kamkar equipped his drone with a battery, a wireless transmitter, and a Raspberry Pi computer—the total of which costs about $400, including the drone. Then, he wrote software that he says allows his drone to find wireless signals of other Parrot drones in the area and disconnect the wireless connection of another drone's original user, giving Kamkar—or any user with the software—control over both drones.

    The drones can even be forced to self-deactivate and drop out of the sky. "How fun would it be to take over drones carrying Amazon packages…or take over any other drones, and make them my little zombie drones. Awesome," writes Kamkar.

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    more jobs lost to technology.
    soon there'll be fok all for humans to do.

    how fokin weird to see bladdy drones flying over-head delivering shit.

    if it can deliver blo safely from the mountains of Morocco then ......
    i may be interested.

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