Amazon Prime deliveries will now arrive by drone

This is what an Amazon delivery drone will look like (Credits: Amazon)

This is what an Amazon delivery drone will look like (Credits: Amazon)

Amazon has announced that it will be delivering packages by drone later this year.

The tech giant does away with drivers entirely and hurls products through the air and has identified Lockeford, California as its testing ground.

Instead of a human dropping off something at a front door, the drone flies to the customer’s back garden, hovers, and gently drops the package to the ground before flying away again.

It will only be available for Prime customers and of course only used for small packages.

Amazon says its drones have a “sense-and-avoid system” that keeps them from hitting stationary and moving objects while on deliveries.

The drones correct course when they identify obstacles to avoid them and ensure the area is clear for landing when descending to a customer’s home, Amazon added.

An Amazon engineer works on a Prime Air delivery drone (Credits: Amazon)

An Amazon engineer works on a Prime Air delivery drone (Credits: Amazon)

The company says it has built two dozen different prototype drones since it established its Prime Air division in 2013. The Federal Aviation Administration in the USA has given him permission to fly the drones as early as 2020.

Amazon plans to fly its drones up to 15 miles and deliver packages weighing no more than 5 pounds in under 30 minutes.

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While we don’t have a date for drone deliveries from the UK just yet, Amazon will almost certainly bring Prime Air to Blighty. In fact, back in 2016, it successfully conducted a test of its previous drone model in Cambridge and delivered it within 13 minutes.

And Amazon isn’t the only one looking for a more efficient delivery system.

Royal Mail has announced plans to increase the use of drones for deliveries by creating 50 new ‘mail drone routes’.

The British Post Office said it aims to deploy up to 200 drones over the next three years, serving all corners of the UK.

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Royal Mail are also looking to drones for deliveries (Credits: PA)

Initial routes for the new service will include the Isles of Scilly, Shetland, Orkney and the Hebrides.

“Delivering on-time delivery regardless of our customers’ location or weather, while protecting our environment is our goal,” said Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of Royal Mail.

“Although we go everywhere, Royal Mail already has the lowest carbon emissions per parcel delivered. This initiative will help reduce our emissions even further,” he added.

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Justin Scacco

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