When will I be able to choose Prime Air as a delivery option?
It happened in the United Kingdom, where a client named Richard requested an Amazon Fire Stick spilling gadget and a sack of popcorn and found the products at his doorstep in the Cambridgeshire field just 13 minutes after ordering it.
Despite the prospect of half-hour deliveries, some have claimed that the company's drones could be hacked and hijacked. In an effort to load Prime with more Amazon-specific services and deals, Amazon is developing Prime Air - a delivery system created to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles (aka drones).
Amazon has finally fulfilled its dream to send packages through the use of drones.
It was the Amazon's CEO in the person of Jeff Bezos who formally announced that they are taking drone deliveries to England.
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"Drone delivery is another string to Amazon's bow, but it's certainly not an industry game changer", said Berg. The QR code acts like a beacon, allowing the drone to find the customer's delivery location and safely land.
The drones fly at just below 400 feet, can carry packages up to five pounds and are guided by Global Positioning System to reach their destinations.
AmazonWhere is Amazon testing Prime Air?
When Amazon first unveiled its drone, dubbed the Prime Air Drone, it showed off an octocopter with eight rotors. Some of these pilots recently demonstrated outside Amazon's headquarters in Seattle, urging the online retail giant to use its influence with the airlines it contracts with to fix issues of short-staffing and what the pilots say are sub-standard working conditions.
Amazon plans to expand the trial to dozens of people living within several miles of the warehouse and then hundreds more users in the future.
"We are testing many different vehicle designs and delivery mechanisms to discover how best to deliver packages in a variety of operating environments". For those customers, Prime Air is available for no extra cost.