Gates: Amazon drone plan 'optimistic'

Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Monday said Amazon’s plan to have drones deliver some products in four-to-five years is an “over optimistic” timeline.

But the tech billionaire said unmanned vehicles in general will have more of an impact on society than people realize — “in positive ways.”

“Something like books you can get literally at the speed of light, but physical products delivered by drone I would say he is probably on the optimistic or perhaps the over optimistic end of that,” Gates said on CNN.

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos told “60 Minutes” on Sunday his company is developing drones that would deliver smaller products purchased online.

Bezos said the technology is still years away. But when pressed he said it could be possible in four-to-five years.

A Federal Aviation Administration ruling on how commercial drones would impact the airline industry is scheduled for release in 2015.

Read more on The Hill.