eBay CEO Calls Amazon Drones a 'Longterm Fantasy'

Early last week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that his company plans to use drones to deliver customers' packages as soon as the FAA gives the green light. While Bezos admitted that the FAA represented the biggest challenge, Bezos vowed that Amazon Prime Air "will work and it will happen." However, if you ask eBay CEO John Donahue, what we can do today is far more important than what might be possible down the line.

"We're not really focusing on long-term fantasies, we're focusing on things that will change consumers' experience today," The Verge quotes Donahue as saying during an appearance on Bloomberg TV.

One could argue that Jeff Bezos' goal to get Amazon Prime Air up and running by 2015 isn't all that far off, but eBay already has human drones working to deliver packages within an hour of ordering via eBay Now. 

Amazon's not the only one eying up drones for deliveries, though. UPS and DHL are also exploring the possibility of delivery packages via unmanned drones.

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  • clonazepam
    Well... he sure can't say they are a great idea, can he?
  • qlum
    Thing is however great drones could be with a battery life of 15 minutes on average for the small commercial drone and with collision detection and pathfinding being how it is now we are still way off efficient drone transport.
  • vaughn2k
    Time to prep my snare/s and try to catch one of those.... :D :D