This is not a joke. Amazon.com, the world's largest online shopping retailer, plans to begin delivering packages into customers' hands by use of remote controlled drones.
The U.S. government already uses drones in military operations to drop bombs on the heads of unsuspecting terrorists. But don't be surprised if one of Amazon's drones drops that package you ordered on your head in 30 minutes or less.
Amazon.com is testing delivering packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said on the CBS TV news show 60 Minutes Sunday.
The idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the small, unmanned aircraft, through a service the company is calling Prime Air, the CEO said.
Bezos played a demo video on 60 Minutes that showed how the aircraft, also known as octocopters, will pick up packages in small yellow buckets at Amazon's fulfillment centers and fly through the air to deliver items to customers after they hit the buy button online at Amazon.com.
The goal of the new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less, the world's largest Internet retailer said. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take "some number of years" as Amazon develops the technology further and waits for the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with rules and regulations, the company added.
It won't be long before drug dealers and other street merchants figure out ways to hack into the miniature aircraft's computers to deliver kilos of cocaine to their own customers.