At first glance, they feel unnervingly like flying attack robots in the Terminator movie series. In reality, they are viewed as ?Santa?s helpers? come yuletide season as these remotely operated drones would be the ones to bring gifts right to the doorstep of Amazon customers and clients. Clearly, Jeff Bezos, current Amazon.com Inc CEO had this in mind as to the future delivery systems of one of the largest online shopping sites in the world.
The current status of the Prime Air
This system though is not yet perfected as the US Federal Aviation Administration earlier denied permission for the company to test its drones in US airspace. As reported by Bloomberg in 2013, the FAA had said it will not allow any commercial unmanned flights in general, but clearly as a reaction to the announcement then by Bezos.
This denial though was just another challenge for Bezos, who rose from selling books out of his garage to become the mogul that his is right now as to online selling. Now, his company is testing its very own drone delivery service system in an undisclosed location in Canada. After the lukewarm response of the US government to the technology, unmanned delivery couriers are now being tested using the latest designs in robotics and remote sensing.
The Niche of the Prime Air
The goal, as reported by the Guardian, is to dominate the airspace between 200 ft and 500 ft, which is roughly building height, as the airspace for the unmanned drones. The ideal drone package would total 55 lbs in gross weight for deliveries of 10 miles or longer flying at speeds of 50 mph to deliver a package of about 5lbs.
As stated in the Amazon website, the drones may look like science fiction but the company envisions that Amazon Prime Air vehicles would be as ?normal as seeing mail trucks on the road.? When the technology is available, the website continues, the delivery would be within ?30 minutes or less.? The site further said that the development centers of the technology are located in the United States, the United Kingdom and in Israel, as well as other international locations. The deployment would be done only after proper regulatory support has been obtained.
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