Jeff Bozos, CEO of the retail behemoth Amazon, had disclosed the company’s plans of introducing the drone delivery system back in December 2016 – the Amazon Prime Air project – and saw the first commercial delivery of the company come through, by successfully making an airborne delivery to a real customer at a farmhouse in England, on December 7, 2016.
And yes, all this in just 13 minutes, amazing!
“First-ever #AmazonPrimeAir customer delivery is in the books,” Bezos tweeted “13 min — click to delivery.”
It may have been ‘a first’ for the retail giant but a similar commercial delivery has been witnessed in New Zealand, just last month.
Dominos combined with the expertise of Flirtey, a company that specializes in drone delivery services, manufacture included, successfully made a commercial pizza delivery in Whangaparaoa, north just north of Auckland, at 11:19 am, NZ time.
It was the first ever commercial food item delivered by a drone or a kind of UAV.
However, in the United States, the project is still some time away from take-off, literally, because of the legal implications in the country and technical hurdles as well.
Read more about the pizza drone delivery project, Dominos and Flirtey in one of our earlier articles on Sounds Futuristic but Commercial Drones Are an Imminent Reality
Well, returning to the topic under discussion, although, it may not be the first ever unmanned airborne commercial delivery in the world; it is certainly a big step toward revolutionizing the delivery system – a great quick and economical system for, both, buyer and seller, in the not too distant future – including the United States one would like to hope.
According to reports, Amazon is working with NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration and other companies to work around the hurdles that face them now. Their endeavour is to integrate the commercial unmanned delivery module with the country’s airspace system and regulations.
If it were to come true, which, in all likelihood it will, is just a matter of time, especially in the commercially viable urban areas; it would be a tremendous achievement of technology and business acumen and the will to move ahead with the help of the available and ever-improving technology in the world today.
It may potentially do away with the long and expensive mode of transport employed in the way deliveries are made today.
Amazon’s customized drone lifted off from a ‘fulfillment center assembly line’ and delivered a payload of a bag of popcorn and an Amazon Firestick to an obviously “delighted” customer from Cambridgeshire, England.
In the United States, in addition to legal limitations, there have been other public concerns in the past, regarding safety, privacy, and package security guarantees, that need to be addressed to make it, a possibility in the country.
Amazon seems to have a similar view, “Safety will be our top priority, and our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards.”