Amazon has announced the launch of drone delivery trials in California and Texas, according to David Carbon, Vice President of Prime Air Amazon. Carbon stated in a LinkedIn post that “customers are our obsession, safety is our imperative, the future of delivery is our mandate, technology is unlocking that future, and our people are the foundation that it all sits on.”
Amazon starts drone delivery trials in California and Texas
The drone delivery service, which has been in development since 2013, aims to improve the efficiency of last-mile delivery in urban areas by reducing road traffic and carbon emissions. Using drones can also help speed up delivery times, especially in areas where road traffic can be a hindrance.
Customers participating in the trial will be able to use a smartphone app to order small items online and have them delivered via drone to their address. Upon arrival, the ordered product is lowered to the ground using an extendable tether.
While the use of Amazon drones in delivery has the potential to revolutionize the way we receive packages and improve delivery times, there are also challenges that need to be addressed. Drones must be robust enough to handle adverse weather conditions, or deliveries could be delayed if there is no road vehicle available to make the trip. The machines can also be noisy, causing an annoyance for those living under their flight path. In an effort to address these issues, makers of commercial delivery drones have been working on creating quieter aircraft.
Amazon is set to launch its latest delivery drone design, which boasts improved durability and a range beyond the current nine miles, in 2024. The company has been working to persuade regulators that its flying machines are capable of safe and reliable operation, and pilot schemes like the ones launched in California and Texas are an important step in this process.
As the use of drones for commercial delivery becomes more widespread, it will be interesting to see how the technology is embraced by consumers and how it affects the way we shop and receive packages. With the potential to reduce carbon emissions and improve delivery times, the future of drone delivery is an exciting one.