Delivery drones are coming: Jeff Bezos previews half-hour shipping from Amazon

Jeff Bezos is nothing if not a showman. Amazon’s CEO loves a good reveal, and took the opportunity afforded by a 60 Minutes segment to show off his company’s latest creation: drones that can deliver packages up to five pounds, to your house in less than half an hour. They’re technically octocopters, as part of a program called “Amazon Prime Air.” A drone sits at the end of a conveyer belt, waiting to pick up a package — Bezos says 86 percent of Amazon’s packages are under five pounds — and can carry them up to ten miles from the fulfillment center.

The segment focused primarily on holiday shopping, particularly the annual shopping extravaganza that is Cyber Monday. It’s a huge day for Amazon — more than 300 items will be ordered…

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