Amazon gives new drone design a glitzy debut

Drone debut
Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke unveils the next-generation delivery drone at the re:MARS conference in Las Vegas. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle)

LAS VEGAS — Amazon’s drone ambitions took another step forward today as the tech giant revealed its latest delivery drone design.

At Amazon’s re:MARS conference, Amazon’s Worldwide Consumer CEO, Jeff Wilke, showed off a fully-electric drone that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under 5 pounds in less than 30 minutes.

As Wilke spoke at this morning’s presentation, one of the drones — which is roughly the size of a go-cart — rose dramatically from a corner of the stage.

“You’re going to see this new drone delivering packages to customers in months,” Wilke told the Vegas crowd.

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By Alan Boyle

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