Amazon launched a new salvo in its ongoing claim that someday soon it will dispatch drones for deliveries. Click the video accompanying this article to see what the company claims is actual footage of a prototype drone in flight, with a narrator who seems to be channeling Mr. Howell’s speech patterns from “Gilligan’s Island.”
Although Amazon hasn’t shared an actual launch date for its Amazon Prime Air delivery service, which it claims will deliver goods within 30 minutes, it says the service will start when it has “regulatory support.” The company claims that, “One day, seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road.”
Amazon says the drones will fly under 400 feet and will have built-in technology to avoid other air vehicles and obstacles. The delivery drone shown in the vehicle is one of a dozen current prototypes.
In the meantime, you can get overnight Amazon delivery in several U.S. cities, including Chicago, Orlando, New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, as well as overnight delivery and two-day Prime service in other areas. Go here for a list of cities currently eligible for (non-drone) same day delivery.