Earlier on June 5, Amazon unveiled the company’s “Prime Air” fleet as it said that the large-scale drone deliveries might be coming within months.
This is according to Jeff Wilke who appeared during Amazon’s Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space conference in Las Vegas. During the event, Wilke revealed that the company expects to improve its delivery times to just one day for Prime members.
He said, “We’ve been hard at work building fully electric drones that can fly up to 15 miles (25 kilometers) and deliver packages under five pounds (2.3kg) to customers in less than 30 minutes.”
“And, with the help of our world-class fulfilment and delivery network, we expect to scale Prime Air both quickly and efficiently, delivering packages via drone to customers within months,” Wilke adds.
This news shouldn’t surprise anyone as the company completed its first test back in 2016. However, US regulations regarding drone delivery are still strict and as a result, the company was required to make the delivery drones more secure and efficient.
Wilke continues, “It can do vertical takeoffs and landings – like a helicopter. And it’s efficient and aerodynamic – like an airplane. It also easily transitions between these two modes, from vertical-mode to airplane mode, and back to vertical mode.”
“We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if they know the system is incredibly safe.”
“So we’re building a drone that isn’t just safe, but independently safe, using the latest artificial intelligence technologies.”