Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a true visionary who ensure the impossible becomes viable, and the world's largest retail has now almost started delivery of things to consumers using drones.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a true visionary who ensure the impossible becomes viable, and the world’s largest retail has now almost started delivery of things to consumers using drones. Bezos has claimed this 3 years ago and now it is no more a dream. Jeff Bezos revealed on Twitter that Amazon’s Prime Air trial service has now successfully done a customer delivery and that too under 13 minutes in Cambridgeshire, UK. This is a big stride towards its experiments with automated shipments. In the video, we can see that the drone covered two-mile radius and delivered popcorn and a streaming device by Amazon itself, and the whole journey took only 13 minutes.
According to Amazon, it will continue testing drone deliveries near Cambridge. It has a big drone-testing plant there and based on the success of the tests, more and more people will be made to participate. As Amazon looks to be a dominant player in the online retail market, The Prime Air, is a big step towards the automation of a large part of the company. But there are many hindrances to this technology being applied in a broader sense, like aviation rules, package weight limits, climatic problems etc. The drone delivery system has a lot of benefits, including environmental and logistical profits. While Amazon can decrease its costs on a lot of products, users will also get some products really fast. But given the number of boundaries and regulations, it is expected that the technology will take some time to be widely used.
In the video, Amazon says, “Customers will choose from a selection of thousands of items tucked away in a Prime Air fulfilment centre tucked away just over the horizon from their homes.” We also get to know how the drones are used after the consumer places an order. In the video it was said, “Moments after receiving an order, an electrically-powered Amazon drone makes its way down an automated track and then rises into the sky with the customer’s package on board.”
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) December 14, 2016
This device flies under 400 feet using GPS and is totally autonomous. As of now, it can carry a package of maximum five pounds. From only two participants, Amazon will increase the trial of drone delivery service to “dozens of customers living within several miles of our UK facility” and might even go to hundreds, if successful