Amazon Drone Delivery Program Falls Behind Schedule
In 2013, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos announced that drones would be delivering his company’s packages within the next five years. But despite a continued commitment to the project, those five years have passed and an extensive list of FAA rules and numerous logistical challenges have proven problematic for the powerful CEO. And while Amazon spokeswoman Kristen Kish says the U.S. will still see drone deliveries, Santa probably doesn’t have a lot to worry about any time soon.
Bezos made billions of dollars by transforming the retail sector. But overcoming the regulatory hurdles and safety issues posed by drones appears to be a challenge even for the world’s wealthiest man. The result is a blown deadline on his claim to CBS’ “60 Minutes” in December 2013 that drones would be making deliveries within five years.