Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s Amazon Prime Air drone dropping off a package in 30 minutes or less from the sky! The Amazon Prime Air hasn’t taken off yet for consumer use, but it is being tested overseas and they are liking what they are seeing with one of the newer drone prototypes that Amazon is testing today.
Amazon Prime Air released an update on their project this Sunday along with a picture of their new hybrid drone. It has been two years since they first revealed their intent on using drones for a delivery system and when they first suggested this, many thought it was a April Fool’s Day joke. You can take a gander at their new drone in the picture above.
According to News Max on November 30, the Amazon Prime Air has tested many prototypes with one of the newer models showing much promise for Amazon’s Prime Air needs. Amazon’s website promises that one day the Amazon Prime Air drones buzzing overhead will be as commonplace as the delivery trucks on the streets.
Unlike all those delivery trucks, the Amazon drones can fly over the traffic jams and navigate high above the rush-hour traffic. With a drone flying up in the air this offers very few obstacles, if any at all, for getting your package there in a timely manner!
Amazon has not attempted any package deliveries yet, they are testing out the drones for their maneuverability and their ease of navigation right now. In the future they expect to offer certain areas of the country a drone delivery of 30 minutes or less after you place your order, providing your package is five pounds or less.
Amazon is one of 128 businesses that were awarded an exemption from the agency of the government connected with commercial drone use. The drones that Amazon are testing today weigh 55-pounds and they will fly at about 400 feet above the towns and cities of their delivery areas when the Prime Air is finally up and running.
While a 5-pound package could hurt if it accidentally fell on your head during transit, that’s a lot better than having 50 or 60 pounds of flat screen TV buzzing around above and accidentally slipping from the grip of the drone! Chicken Little won’t have to worry about the sky falling with the Amazon Prime Air because not only are the packages extremely secured, the drones won’t lift off until every little kink has been worked out, guarding against accidental spills.
These drones will travel 10 miles and more delivering packages for customers. While this sounds exciting, TechCrunch suggests:
“Chances are, we won’t see these new drones deliver packages in a city anytime soon. The new design, however, should work really well in a more rural and suburban area (and yes, feel free to leave us a comment about how you would shoot it down if it flew over your house).” With that last sentence it is safe to say that TechCrunch really knows their readers!