In an announcement on its website, Amazon states that the company is experimenting with a new way to deliver goods to customers’ doors. The method uses small pilotless flying drones that transport shipments from warehouse to customer.
– It looks like science fiction, but it is reality, writes Amazon on its website.
In a video, Amazon shows how the new delivery system might work.
Amazon’s drones will be able to handle shipments weighing up to 2.6 kilograms and flown from the nearest warehouse to the end customer. According to Amazon, 86 percent of the company’s shipments weigh less than 2.6 kilograms. The maximum distance from the warehouse is approximately 16 kilometers. Navigation is done using GPS.
However, the delivery system that goes by the name Amazon Prime Air is not expected to become a reality until 2015 at the earliest. The US aviation agency has previously indicated that it is working on new rules for “pilotless civil aircraft” that will be released by December 31, 2015 at the latest.
According to Amazon, the company must be ready the day it becomes permitted to use drones for commercial purposes.