Rep. Ted Poe has some concerns about Amazon’s plans to deliver packages by drone.
Speaking on the House floor Tuesday, the Texas Republican said Jeff Bezos’s Amazon Prime Air proposal could pose privacy concerns, and it might just put the mailman out of business.
“In just a few years, he says people will be able to order something online and have it in their hands within 30 minutes by the use of drones,” he said. “Sounds like something out of the ‘Jetsons’ doesn’t it? Gone will be the days of the neighborhood mail carrier, soon there will be a drone to replace him.”
Poewarned that the drones could be used for surveillance rather than delivery, and called for Congress to set clear regulations for the use of domestic UAVs.
“Think of how many drones could soon be flying around the sky,” he said. “Here a drone, there a drone, everywhere a drone in the United States.”
He also used the opportunity to ding the Obamacare website, which he says can’t keep up with Amazon.
“Thousands of Americans use Amazon every year, especially around the holiday season,” he said. “Amazon, unlike the glitch-ridden government websites, can efficiently use online Internet services that get a timely product to market.”