Why You Won’t Likely See Amazon Drones In The D.C. Area Any Time Soon

Are you within 10 miles of a fulfillment center?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos generated a lot of buzz on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday night when he unveiled Amazon Prime Air — a new service currently in development that would use semi-autonomous drones to deliver packages to customers’ doorsteps in 30 minutes or less.

But can it work in the D.C. area?

The plan, according to Bezos, is to guide a fleet of “octocopters” from Amazon fulfillment centers to customers’ GPS coordinates.

These generations of vehicles, it could be a 10-mile radius from a fulfillment center. So, in urban areas, you could actually cover very significant portions of the population. And so, it won’t work for everything; you know, we’re not gonna deliver kayaks or table saws this way. These are electric motors, so this is all electric; it’s very green, it’s better than driving trucks around.

While the idea sounds revolutionary, the hitch for those in the D.C. area is that Amazon doesn’t have any fulfillment centers within 10 miles.

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