Wednesday May 22, 2019

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Amazon's unmanned drones aims for 30 min delivery

In a story lifted straight from the world of science fiction, internet retailer Amazon has just disclosed details of 'Prime Air'. A project that hopes to deliver packets with the use autonomous, unmanned multi-rotor drones.

The news has been conveniently timed to coincide with MEGA MONDAY, easily the busiest day for retailers in the run up to Christmas.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon went on US tv this morning, he stated "the robots anticipated by Amazon could be able to deliver packages of up to 5 pounds in weight in less than half an hour. The drones would lift packages off conveyor belts, and be able to carry them a maximum distance of 10 miles."

“The hard part here is putting in all the redundancy,” Bezos said. “All the reliability to say this can’t land on somebody’s head."

In reality however, this might well just be some elaborate hoax. The current regulations provide some tight controls for aerial drones, especially when operated in proximity to people and buildings.

Amazon will have a battle on their hands to convince the authorities that their platform is safe, and has sufficient redundancy.

Even if they can convince the authorities, a 10-mile radius from an Amazon facility might be too restrictive to make it viable. The cycle couriers shouldn't be too worried just yet - but you can't knock their ingenuity.

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