Welcome to the Future: Amazon Previews Drone Delivery Service (VIDEO)

11/30/2015 at 05:32 PM ET

Online shoppers, the dreaded 5 to 7 business day wait to receive your goodies may soon be be a thing of the past.

In a new video released on Sunday, Amazon showed a preview of Prime Air, the service that uses drones to deliver packages in “30 minutes or less,” and it all seems very futuristic.

The video shows flight footage of the helicopter-like devices—which Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezo’s first announced plans for in 2013—flying at 400 feet above ground.

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The drones, weighing 55 lbs., can carry packages up to 5 lbs. and use “sense and avoid technology” to avoid obstacles on the ground and in the air. Once they arrive at their destination, the “miracle of modern technology” scans for a safe place to land.

Though the drones didn’t make it in time for this year’s Cyber Monday, the company says shoppers can expect to place their orders with the service in the “not too distant future.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Marion on

How does it do when a falcon or eagle attacks it?

Harry Junk on

Jeff Bezos is a human chancre. I can’t wait to shoot these things right out of the sky

fed up on

Oh great idea Amazon. So now planes filled with innocent people can dodge drones left and right. Not to mention wildlife.

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