Amazon Prime Air Drone Delivery Takes Flight Later This Year

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After years of work and several delays, on Monday Amazon said it is ready to let fly a fleet of Amazon Prime Air delivery drones. Once it receives final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), deliveries will begin in California.

Drone delivery services are not a new idea, and it is something that all major retailers are working hard to offer. Kroger is testing a similar service in Ohio, while Walmart just announced same-day drone deliveries in six different states, with more on the way.

Now, it looks like the Amazon show is ready to take off. According to a press release, the company worked closely with the FAA and local officials in the small town of Lockeford, California to obtain flight rights.

“Lockeford residents will soon have access to one of the world’s leading delivery innovations. It’s exciting that Amazon is listening to feedback from the San Joaquin County community to inform the future development of this technology.”

Similar to ongoing trial programs with Walmart, Amazon will reportedly offer thousands of small items, though the company did not indicate any size requirements. By comparison, Walmart’s system can deliver anything within 10 pounds in less than two hours, so we’ll have to wait and see what Amazon has to offer.

Amazon has promised drone delivery options for nearly a decade, and once that’s approved, it will begin testing Prime Air deliveries later this year. Unfortunately, it will only be available in Lockeford to begin with and we have no details on other cities or a possible release date.

Once all systems are in place, Prime customers in Lockeford can order products through the new “Amazon Prime Air” service, sit back and wait for a drone to appear over the house. Amazon uses various cutting-edge technologies to avoid obstacles and even AI for object detection.

Your drones will drop to a safe height, free from obstacles or people, deliver the package and return to the warehouse.

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