Kristine Lofgren

Amazon Wasn't Joking About Those Drone Deliveries

by , 04/11/14
filed under: green technology, News

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On Thursday CEO Jeff Bezos sent Amazon shareholders an annual letter that disclosed information about the company’s employee pay-to-quit program, grocery deliveries and – oh yeah – they are still moving forward with that drone delivery program. According to Bezos, Amazon is testing the fifth and sixth generations of their Prime Air aerial delivery vehicles, and the seventh and eighth generation drones are already in the design phase.

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Bezos announced the program in December last year, admitting that though it is moving forward, it will still require years of testing and collaboration with the FAA to pin down regulations before it can come to life.

Related: Amazon’s New “Octocopter” Drones Can Deliver Purchases in 30 Minutes or Less

In more down to earth news, the company announced its “Pay to Quit” program, in which workers will be given $2,000 to quit, plus $1,000 for every additional year they have been with the company – up to $5,000. According to Bezos, the company makes this offer to employees for the general good of the company. “The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want. In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company,” he said in his letter.

The company also has big plans in the grocery world, expanding its $299 grocery delivery program by including more vendors in the already-existing Seattle market and expanding to include Los Angeles and San Francisco. They have also extended delivery to Sundays in many parts of the country and plan on expanding even further throughout the year.

Via CBS

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3 Comments

  1. Phil Grundy April 15, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Hows it gonna’ knock on the door :) lol Can you imagine the air full of those little drones delivering stuff to all the people of the world lol Sounds like a nightmare to me little drones buzzing overhead getting on everyones nerves crashing packing in all over the place dropping parcels.

  2. TylerInNiagara April 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Can they cross into Canada?

  3. Rob Grant April 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    i swear every time i see that amazon drone i think “wow, amazon has a flying BBQ!!”

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