Amazon will start drone delivery in California and Texas – Amazon will begin delivering certain orders to the US using drones in 2013, as per plans announced in June.
The fully-electric MK27-2 drone is 36 kg in weight and can deliver packages weighing less than 2.2kg to customers in under an hour from click to delivery.
Prime Air will deliver Prime Air later in the year to customers who live in Lockeford and College Station, California.
Amazon will start drone deliveries to the US in this year
The drones will fly within a 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) radius of our facilities in Texas or California. According to the FAA regulations, it can fly at least 400 feet. It can carry five-pounds weight, so it is a good starting place,” Paul Butler, Amazon’s community affairs manager, said to The National while speaking at Bos27, Bos27’s innovation and manufacturing centre in Westborough, Massachusetts.
Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, offers drone delivery. The company announced in May that it would expand drone delivery to six more states by the end the year. It also stated that the company could deliver 1 million packages each year.
Aramex, Middle East’s largest courier company, has begun testing drone delivery in Oman. This is a first step towards streamlining its business and using emerging technologies to reduce its carbon footprint.
After the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw more people shop online, logistics and cargo companies saw a sharp increase in activity.
The drones can detect many objects thanks to the algorithms. They can detect a stationary object, such as a chimney or moveable objects, including aircraft and animals.
The drone will change its course automatically to avoid obstacles if they are detected.
Mr. Butler stated that the company has created many prototypes and designed, built, and tested numerous drones.
“Our drones are equipped with many sensors and cameras… they can detect any obstacles well in advance. Drone delivery is safe. We have been using it for years. “We are excited to finally bring this technology to customers,” Mr Butler stated.
A customer will be notified when their order is ready and a status tracker will show the progress of their purchase.
The drone will take off from the designated delivery area, then descend to the customer’s backyard and hover at a safe height. The drone will release the package safely and then rise to safety.
Amazon unveils the MK30 drone
Prime Air, the world’s largest ecommerce company, also revealed the MK30 design for its delivery drone.
According to the company, the new drone will be more versatile, have a greater temperature tolerance, and can fly in light rain. This will allow customers to pick a drone delivery service more often.
This drone is expected to enter service in 2024. It will be smaller and lighter than the MK27-2.
“Prime Air’s flight scientists have created new propellers that will reduce MK30’s perceived sound by 25%. This is a game-changer and we are extremely excited about it,” said the company.