A pioneering step in the form of shipping goods to his customers big online retailer Amazon.
About 3 years ago, on some broadcasts of the 60 Minutes show, CEO Jeff Bezos of Amazon revealed that the company would soon put drone in use to ship packages and products up to 2.3kg The door is only available in 30 minutes. He even gave the public a look at the design of the 8 drone engine decorated Amazon logo 2 black gold very impressive and promising. Over the past few years, after many improvements in technology and the submission of licenses to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Amazon’s plan was finally realized through its first steps. first.
On December 12, Jeff Bezo announced that Amazon had officially completed its first delivery with drone. Essentially, this shipment took place on December 7th, as part of a private trial program for service customers, taking place in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The entire delivery process takes place in 13 minutes, from the time the customer confirms the purchase until the drone landed on the lawn in front of their home with the package. Amazon recently released a video recording of this moment, and Jeff Bezos posted to his Twitter shortly thereafter.
According to the video, the new drone testing program is only available to two customers up to now, and will gradually increase to tens and hundreds in the coming months.
The delivery process is calculated as follows: Amazon has thousands of points of storage and distribution, serving different geographical areas. If any customer purchases an item available in that area at this time, the Amazon Prime Air process will be activated, which means using drone for delivery. After that, the package will be transferred from a conveyor belt to the attached drone waiting to be serviced. And the rest is just waiting for customers to receive the product.
The operating altitude of the drone is less than 120m so it will not affect other flights or air operations. The flight distance is about 16 kilometers from the starting point, applies GPS positioning technology and determines the direction, and the mass of cargo is over 2.3 kg (86% of cargo on Amazon qualify for this transportation).
There are still other steps for Amazon Prime Air to be fully approved by the FAA in the United States, which is why this test program was launched in the UK. However, this is only a matter of time before it is put into widespread use as other popular types.