No this is not a joke. Amazon will be deploying small UAV’s to deliver your orders!
In a 60 Minutes interview, Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon is working on delivery that’s even faster than Prime. The company wants to use octocopters to deliver your order within a half hour.
Bezos says that the project, which is heavily in the R&D stage right now, couldn’t debut before 2015 even if Amazon were ready because of FAA regulations, but even then PrimeAir will probably still be a few years out. Bezos estimates that it will be another four or five years. He told 60 Minutes,
The goal is for PrimeAir to do quick and light deliveries (Bezos called out kayaks as an item that the drones probably won’t be able to handle) around something like a 10-mile radius. The drone fleet would be greener than using trucks because it would be all electric, and people’s stuff would find them wherever they were based on GPS coordinates they entered at checkout.