Drone delivery might just be the next great thing out there. Amazon has recently announced it has entered a partnership with the UK government to allow drones to make deliveries of small packages. Customers should benefit greatly from the new concept.
The biggest online retailer in the world will begin exploring drone delivery and hopes to start using the technology by 2017. A cross-Governmental team has granted Amazon with permission to test flights where a single person operates a number of highly-automated drones, test the sensor performance to be sure that the devices can identify and avoid possible obstacles, and explore beyond line of sight operations in non-urban areas.
“The UK is a leader in enabling drone innovation – we’ve been investing in Prime Air research and development here for quite some time,” said Amazon’s Vice President of Global Innovation Policy and Communications, Paul Misener.
The company hopes the new partnership will bring it closer to the goal of delivering parcels in just 30 minutes with the help of drones. Amazon is not just focusing on the UK market. The company hopes to provide this service elsewhere around the world after successfully testing the drone’s capabilities of distributing packages in the UK.
Thanks to the British Government’s support, Amazon Inc. will gain a better understanding of how these unmanned little aircrafts can be safely used in the logistics industry. The company views this method of delivery as a way of providing an improved customer experience and create new jobs in the industry. Done delivery is also a step forward into meeting future society demands.
UK’s Civil Aviation Authority will also be involved in the process of testing the system. The outcome will help develop futures policies and regulation in this area.
The new service is called Prime Air. This future delivery system will ensure a safe way to transport small packages of no more than 5 pounds to Amazon customers in as little as 30 minutes via drones. More information about Prime Air can be found here.
While the UK Government is more than flexible about its regulations, the US Federal Aviation Administration says that using drones for delivery requires a separate regulation from general use. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is apparently a few months away from beginning to use these devices inside their warehouses to check inventories in the States.
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