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By Ethan Wolff-Mann
November 30, 2015

With Prime, Amazon has made two-day delivery a standard part of its user experience. Recently, its increased the one-day and same-day shipping as well, as it improves its “last-mile” capabilities, and talked a big game about implementing drones in the future to enable even faster deliveries.

In a new video featuring Jeremy Clarkson, formerly of Top Gear, America’s biggest retailer shows exactly what that drone delivery service, called “Prime Air” might actually look like.

The video, which has racked up more than 2 million views since it was released on November 29, shows the drones rising and descending vertically like a helicopter to 400 feet, before flying like a plane up to 15 miles, depending on the model.

Don’t count on drone deliveries to your doorstep any time soon, though. Chicago recently banned drones from flying within 5 miles of the city’s airports, and the FAA has yet to find a way to regulate them nationwide. But Amazon’s commercial isn’t an entirely unrealistic view of the future, however far off that may be. As Wired noted, drone delivery could take some of the burden off our overworked and “crumbling” roads that are not being fixed.


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