Amazon Drone Deliveries Are Almost Here

The e-commerce giant unveiled a new unmanned aerial vehicle on the same day it received FAA approval for drone deliveries. Here’s what it could mean.

The Motley Fool
Jun 10 · 4 min read
AMAZON’S NEW DELIVERY DRONE. SOURCE: AMAZON.

Here come the drones

At the conference, Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s CEO of Worldwide Consumer, said the unmanned aircraft can fly up to 15 miles, delivering packages of less than 5 pounds in 30 minutes or less. And the company sees the service ramping up quickly, saying, “With the help of our world-class fulfillment and delivery network, we expect to scale Prime Air both quickly and efficiently, delivering packages via drone to customers within months.”

What drone delivery means for Amazon

While Amazon has promised to be delivering packages by drone within months, it’s unclear how many addresses would be eligible for such deliveries. In its statement, the company implied that a customer would need to have a yard to receive delivery via drone, which seems to eliminate deliveries to apartments, office buildings, and potentially small houses or rowhouses that don’t have an easy place to set down packages. Amazon said that its technology is capable of avoiding things like wires as a drone descends into a customer’s yard, though it did not say how much or what kind of space a customer would need to receive a drone delivery, nor did it say what percentage of customers would be eligible to do so.


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