Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is now showing us how its latest technology will deliver products in less than an hour. The Internet based retailer makes it look easy, but when will we see this technology?
In a video narrated by former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, the company showed its customers how its drones will deliver packages. In the video, we learn that the new drones can deliver packages as far as 15 miles, rise to an altitude of 400 feet, and can tell if an obstacle is coming its way, so it can avoid an accident. The video shows the drone landing on the customers front lawn after detecting if its an open area to land. The drone releases the package and flies away. Clarkson said during the video that the deliveries are in 30 minutes or less. We also see during the video that the flight is real and not simulated.
The drones for the Internet based retailer look ready to start delivering packages, but there are a few obstacles that need to be cleared before we can start seeing this technology. The drones we see are usually from people that use them for fun and the Federal Aviation Administration has not approved their commercial use, a change in the policy is expected to take place sometime next year.
Amazon did not mention when the technology would start doing what was shown in the video, but the retailer is now giving us an idea on how it will work. The technology had already been talked about in the past and the company has spent a lot of time and money to make it happen.
Amazon is not the only one looking at drone delivery, there is at least one more retailer testing its drones and hoping the commercial use gets approved soon. There are two other companies also testing drones, but to deliver Internet access to remote areas around the world.
Drones and Shipping Costs
Drone delivery would help out the retailers involved since the orders would arrive much faster. Not only that, it would help the company save on expensive shipping costs. Amazon’s latest technology could help them grow even more.
Amazon Prime Air, which was first talked about in December of 2013, plans to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less. According to the announcement two years ago, to qualify for this super fast delivery, the order must be less than five pounds and the delivery location must be within a ten mile radius. The radius shown in the video is 15 miles, so maybe the numbers have changed. An exact date is not yet known, but it looks like the technology will be with us soon.
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