Amazon says drones will be making deliveries in ‘months’

Yolanda Curtis
June 6, 2019

At its re:MARS Conference today, Amazon unveiled its new "Prime Air" drone design, saying it would enable airborne deliveries "within months".

"We've been hard at work building fully electric drones that can fly up to 15 miles (25 kilometers) and deliver packages under 5 pounds (2.3 kilos) to customers in less than 30 minutes", Wilke said in a blog post. The increasing expectations from the customers have led Amazon to look for some alternatives to deliver the packages more conveniently and in a faster way.

That's a lot of buzzwords for technology that to date is hardly flawless-tech companies love to exalt their proprietary algorithms as a saving grace for many an issue, but we have yet to see one deployed without at least some error.

Amazon expects to start delivering packages via air-based drones "within months", it said on Wednesday.

The company conducted its first test of drone deliveries in 2016 in Britain. Amazon Prime Air plans to use the aircraft to establish a package delivery operation in the U.S. UPS partnered with the US Department of Transportation for a drone-testing program and has been using drones to make daily medical deliveries to WakeMed in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"It can do vertical takeoffs and landings - like a helicopter", he said.

"It's efficient and aerodynamic - like an airplane". It can also transition from vertical mode to airplane mode. Users of Amazon's voice-controlled speakers may also see updates through "Alexa Conversations", which the company announced so developers make their services on the virtual assistant Alexa more conversational.

As per the company, this early model will be used to deliver small items like toothpaste to select segments in the USA by the end of the year.

"The levels of safety and reliability of a drone at the moment is not to that standard and I think that represents the biggest challenge that we need to deal with", Mr Marino told the ABC.

It said it would spend some $800 million in the current quarter in the effort to shorten delivery times. According to Amazon, that accounts for 75% to 90% of all deliveries.

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