Source: Forbes – Why Alibaba’s Tea Delivery Test Is Not The Future Of Drone Delivery
Two Decembers ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos made a bet with the crew of 60 Minutes after luring its correspondent Charlie Rose to his company’s offices with an exclusive.
“If you can guess what it is … I will give you half my fortune.”
The exclusive, as we now know, turned out to be Amazon’s proposed delivery-by-drone system, at the time seemingly so revolutionary, that even the usually unfazed Rose let out an audible “Oh my God.”
But that was 2013. Drone delivery is not as far-fetched of an idea in 2015 as it was just a few years ago, despite it still being illegal for Amazon to test such a system in the United States.
So when Alibaba announced that it would be testing a drone delivery service this week in China, some saw this as the Chinese e-commerce giant beating its American counterpart to the punch and proving to the world that drone delivery could work now, not four to five years from now as Amazon had stated. (…)
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- http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/04/alibaba-drones/ http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31129804