Amazon says it has entered into a partnership with the British government to speed up the process for allowing small drones to make deliveries. Grace Pascoe reports.
UPSOT JEREMY CLARKSON, TV PRESENTER (English) These drones may soon take to UK skies dropping off parcels en route. Amazon are teaming up with the British government And are hoping to speed up the legislation process. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CMC MARKETS, MARKET ANALYST, JASPER LAWLER, SAYING: "The UK wants to be at the forefront of new technology. It wants to be pioneering and accommodative to the kind of businesses like Amazon that want to be big job creators in the UK." The world's biggest online retailer wants to start using drones by 2017. And the British cross-government team will help it with the necessary permissions for development. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CMC MARKETS, MARKET ANALYST, JASPER LAWLER, SAYING: "You can't stand in the way of progress, that does seem to be the way postal delivery is headed, we have got the technology there to allow much more efficient delivery, people want things delivered quicker through online shopping and drones is a logical answer." So what's the down side for deliveries, literally, on the rise ...? (SOUNDBITE) (English) CMC MARKETS, MARKET ANALYST, JASPER LAWLER, SAYING: "Obviously the flipside of that is we don't want to be agreeing to the kind of technologies which affect peoples lifestyles and it is very up to debate as to whether it is desirable to have drones flying through the sky. And we don't quite know, you start with a few but how many, you know, where does the regulation stop in terms of numbers." The U.S. may be even closer to using delivery drones. Wal-Mart Stores say they're six to nine months from using them to check warehouse inventories.