Amazon to launch drone deliveries ‘within months’

Date : 06 June 2019

Amazon has announced the launch of its drone delivery service ‘within months’.

15 miles in less than 30 minutes

The drones have a 15 miles range and will be able to deliver packages of up to 5 pounds in less than 30 minutes. The drones used fly like a quadcopter, enabling them to take off and land vertically and also fly horizontally.

Source: Amazon

According to Amazon, they will be operated by artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which provides safety enabling the drones to detect moving and static objects.

Jeff Wilke, worldwide consumer executive, said at the company’s conference in Las Vegas that the safety features were “as robust and stable as a commercial aircraft.”

It is not known yet where and when the drone delivery service will be introduced given that the main challenge is going to be receiving regulatory approval. The move comes only few weeks after the company has started looking for a drone operator as a part of its new Prime Air service, which is being tested in Cambridgeshire, UK.

It’s interesting to note that Google has been also trialling the technology in the last few months through ‘Wing’, a drone delivery company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet.

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