New Jersey customers of Amazon may soon be able to get their orders as quickly as Domino’s delivers a pizza.
Chief executive Jeff Bezos hopes to have “Prime Air,” Amazon.com’s delivery-by-drone system off the ground in four to five years.
CBS News reported that Bezos unvelied Prime Air on 60 Minutes Sunday night, and played the crew a demo video. Amazon’s “octocopters” will pick up product orders in small yellow buckets at Amazon warehouses and deliver them by air to customers 30 minutes after they hit “buy” online.
And many of those customers will come from the New Jersey area. The 1.2 million square foot Amazon.com warehouse in Robbinsville that just broke ground in February is about two-thirds finished, according to NJ.com. It is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2014.
Perhaps the octocopter will deliver pizzas in the future. Amazon has also been testing grocery delivery service. According to Business Insider, the company has bought a grocery warehouse in Avenel.
Analyst Robert Peck says grocery delivery should begin in 2014 for the New York- New Jersey area. Peck said, according to Business Insider, “The facility will be less than 50 miles from all five NYC boroughs, southern Westchester, and most all of central NJ."
Njbiz.com reported that Amazon will be building a second warehouse in New Jersey. Sites have been explored at Carteret and Elizabeth.
Amazon says their drones will be operational after they meet all Federal Aviation Administration regulations. “We can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds, which covers 86 percent of the items that we deliver," Bezos said, according to Yahoo! News.