The online store Amazon is testing a new method of delivering parcels. It wants to start using drones to get packages to customers, in just 30 minutes. The drones are small, remote-controlled helicopters called 'octocopters'. They look like toys. Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos talked about them on the American TV show '60 Minutes'. He said: "I know this looks like science fiction. It's not." He added: "We can do half-hour delivery...and we can carry objects, we think, up to 2.3kg, which covers 86 per cent of the items that we deliver." He joked that Amazon would not be able to deliver some things. He said: "It won't work for everything. We're not going to deliver kayaks, or table saws this way."
The new delivery system is going to be called 'Prime Air'. It could be in operation before the year 2018. Mr Bezos believes it will be good for the environment. "It's very green and it's better than driving trucks around," he said. The project still needs the green light from the U.S. government. The company is making sure the 'octocopter' meets all of the country's flying safety standards. Bezos only has one concern with his 'octocopters'. He said: "This thing can't land on somebody's head while they're walking around their neighborhood." He said Amazon needed to keep finding new ways to stay ahead. He knows that companies can have a short life span and that other businesses can overtake them, especially those using technology.
新的配送系统叫作“PrimeAir”。它将在2018年之前投入使用 。贝佐斯先生相信这将有利于环境保护 。他说：“这比开着卡车去送货要好得多，非常环保 。”这一项目仍然需要美国政府的许可 。公司将确保“octocopter”能够达到美国飞行安全的规定 。贝佐斯对它只有一点担心 。他说：“飞机在社区中飞行时，绝对不能降落到他人的头顶上 。”他说只有找寻新方法，亚马逊才能走在前面 。他明白公司的存在很有可能是短暂的，其他产业也有可能战胜他们，特别是利用技术的公司 。
1.be good for 有益于
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2.stay ahead (比…)领先
例句：In early 2010, the company was profitable, then it embarked on its aggressive expansion to stay ahead of competitors.
例句：Remote-controlled machines smash the sulfide deposits, which are then hoovered up through a riser pipe to a vessel on the surface.
4.be able to 能够
例句：We want a man who must be able to cost.
1.How long might it take for customers to receive their orders?
a) 30 minutes
b) one hour
c) 90 minutes
d) 2 hours
2.What has Amazon called its drones?
a) Bill and Selina
3.What did Jeff Bezos say his project looks like?
a) a crazy idea
b) science fiction
d) a helicopter
4.What is the weight limit for Amazon's drone delivery?
5.Bezos joked that the drones couldn't deliver table saws and ____.
6.What will Amazon call the new delivery service?
a) Air Prime
b) Amazon Air
c) Air Amazon
d) Prime Air
7.What did Mr Poulter say was "totally unacceptable"?
b) the environment
8.What is Amazon waiting for from the U.S. government?
a) a delivery
b) an order
d) the green light
9.Where is Mr Bezos worried about a drone landing?
a) in a neighbourhood
c) on someone's head
d) on a helicopter
10.What does Amazon need to keep finding?
a) new helicopters
b) new ways to stay ahead
c) new products
d) new ways to protect heads