Amazon Prime Air is a delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system.
Amazon had their first commercial delivery on December 7, 2016
Amazon said a new private trial – also in the UK – will now deliver packages up to 2.3 kg in weight in 30 minutes or less using the drones, which it began testing earlier this year. The initial trial will start with two customers, with plans to expand to others in the local area.
Amazon’s drones are fully autonomous and are dispatched from a local center. After customers make their order, their boxed goods are placed inside the body of the drone. The drone is then sent outside down an automated track before taking off vertically. The drones are guided by GPS and fly below 120 meters to land on ground near the customer’s home.
First-ever #AmazonPrimeAir customer delivery is in the books. 13 min—click to delivery. Check out the video: https://t.co/Xl8HiQMA1S pic.twitter.com/5HGsmHvPlE
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) December 14, 2016
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