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Amazon hopes to use drones to deliver packages in the future

Joyce Lupiani

Amazon hopes to use drones to deliver packages in the future

Joyce Lupiani
CREATED Dec. 2, 2013

It sounds like something you would see in a sci-fi movie. Drones flying through residential neighborhoods and cities, dropping packages from the sky.

If Amazon has its way, it will be a reality in just a few short years.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that the online giant is developing a drone-based delivery service during Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes."

Bezos says that he hopes the delivery service will be available to customers within 4 to 5 years.

Amazon has 96 massive warehouses scattered throughout the world. The drones would be able to deliver items up to 5 pounds in weight with a goal of delivering a package within 30 minutes.

Some say that last night's announcement was a publicity stunt. According to Business Insider, the real reason Amazon made the announcement was $3 million in free advertising on Cyber Monday.

And it certainly seems to have worked.

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