eBay CEO Calls Amazon Drones a ‘Longterm Fantasy’

Posted by at 2:24 pm on December 10, 2013

Early last week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that his company plans to use drones to deliver customers’ packages as soon as the FAA gives the green light. While Bezos admitted that the FAA represented the biggest challenge, Bezos vowed that Amazon Prime Air “will work and it will happen.”

If you ask eBay CEO John Donahue, what we can do today is far more important than what might be possible down the line.

“We’re not really focusing on long-term fantasies, we’re focusing on things that will change consumers’ experience today,” Donahue said during an appearance on Bloomberg TV.

One could argue that Jeff Bezos’ goal to get Amazon Prime Air up and running by 2015 isn’t all that far off, but eBay already has human drones working to deliver packages within an hour of ordering via eBay Now.

Amazon’s not the only one eying up drones for deliveries, though. UPS and DHL are also exploring the possibility of delivery packages via unmanned drones.

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