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According to the “USatoday” website reported on December 14, the delivery test was approved by the British Civil Aviation Authority and was carried out within five miles of the UAV test facility in Cambridgeshire outside Cambridge University. Amazon said that once enough security data is collected, Amazon plans to start using the drone to deliver parcels to rural areas.
According to Amazon, the “Prime Air” service delivery test launched by Amazon was conducted on December 7th, claiming to be delivered in 30 minutes or less. This test successfully delivered a 5-pound load. package.
The order was an Amazon TV box (Fire TV) and a bag of popcorn, which took only 13 minutes from the customer’s click on “Order” to packaging and delivery delivery. So far, the test has only been targeted at two customers living near the Amazon drone delivery test facility. The company hopes to expand its testing to dozens of people living within a few miles in the coming months. According to Amazon, these customers do not need to pay a surcharge for the fast delivery of drones within 30 minutes.
The drone delivery service will only be available during the day and will also depend on weather conditions. Specifically, it is only allowed to run during daylight hours with low winds and good visibility, but not in rainy, snowy or icy weather conditions.
Amazon received a license to conduct drone delivery testing in the UK in July 2016. Topics include the ability to operate over-the-horizon drones in rural and suburban areas, identify and evade obstacles, and fly a single highly automated drone.
Amazon said it plans to deliver the drone delivery first to rural customers, then to the suburbs, and then to towns and downtown.
As early as December 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he would begin testing drone delivery. At the time, Amazon said that this technology has been continuously developed and improved in the past three or four years.