Amazon seems all set to start delivering goods via drone. The company recently demonstrated another prototype of its delivery system where it delivered small parcels in Lockford and College Station via its Amazon Prime Air drone service. It had previously completed its first successful drone delivery in Cambridge.
The e-commerce giant had officially received the green signal from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to start its drone delivery trials two years ago and was also given the status of an “air carrier” by the authorities.
The Amazon Prime Air drone service will work much like Amazon Delivery where when placing an order for Prime Air eligible items, customers will be able to get tracking information and estimated delivery times for their orders.
The drone will fly to the designated shipping address, land in the customer’s backyard, and deliver the package, thereby facilitating contactless delivery with limited human intervention. This service will gradually expand to more users in the future.
Both the College Station Prime Air Drone Delivery Center (PADDC) and Lockford PADDC will operate during daylight hours up to five days a week. Lockford is a rural town in California with a population of 3,500, while College Station is a medium-sized city in the US state of Texas.
Not long ago, the e-commerce company also unveiled Inspire, which is designed to make it easier for users to browse new products with content including images and videos.
Source: Ars Technica