Oak Parkers speak on news of Amazon drones

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

If you have ever ordered something from Amazon.com and thought immediately after purchasing your item that you wished the package would come within the hour, your wish is coming true.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Sunday that the online retail company is working on a drone delivery system named Amazon Prime Air.

A drone can deliver if a package is 5 pounds or less and within a 10-mile radius of an Amazon distribution center, reads a TIME tech report.

Employees, however, do not drive the drones. By entering only a delivery location, Prime Air drones can self-navigate to the intended destination.

The estimated delivery time? 30 minutes. About the same time it takes me to make a pasta dinner, drive from the Loop to Oak Park in rush hour traffic, or watch an episode of 'The New Girl'.

While I think the concept of Prime Air is pretty cool, I have not entirely decided if I'm in favor of hovering robots messing with my air space.

We brought the topic to Facebook. At the time this post was written only five of our almost 2,000 "likers" repsonded (most of them must have been browsing Amazon.com for Cyber Monday deals at the time), but of the responses most welcome the idea. There is even one, "Awesome!" in the comments.

One commenter said having to get her packages off the roof will really "suck", but that implies that she will at least try it right?

Another person comments, however, that she will stop using Amazon all together once Prime Air gets off the ground.

Whether you are in favor or against the idea of Amazon drones you have some time to warm up to the idea. The drones are set to launch in 4 to 5 years.

Contact:
Email: ashley@oakpark.com Twitter: @aadlisenby

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Chris Carrier  

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 10:29 PM

I believe this is considered something of a hoax - or at least implausible indicated by the 2018 date, far enough away to be meaningless. Perhaps a bit of publicity during the holidays for Amazon?

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