Amazon is currently working with the government in UK on a new programme that will test delivery drones and ensure it is safe for home deliveries.
Although the e-commerce giant has been developing drones (Amazon Prime Air) that deliver its parcels to private addresses over a short distances, the company will now work with the Government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to develop better safety regulations and improve drone technology.
Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global innovation policy and communications said: “The UK is a leader in enabling drone innovation – we’ve been investing in Prime Air research and development here for quite some time.
This announcement strengthens our partnership with the UK and brings Amazon closer to our goal of using drones to safely deliver parcels in 30 minutes to customers in the UK and elsewhere around the world.
Mr Misener also added that “Using small drones for the delivery of parcels will improve customer experience, create new jobs in a rapidly growing industry, and pioneer new sustainable delivery methods to meet future demand. The UK is charting a path forward for drone technology that will benefit consumers, industry and society.”
We want to enable the innovation that arises from the development of drone technology by safely integrating drones into the overall aviation system. These tests by Amazon will help inform our policy and future approach.
Based on this agreement between Amazon and the Civil Aviation Authority, Amazon will now explore drone flights that extend beyond a pilot’s line of sight in both rural and suburban settings, additionally, the U.K. regulator has given Amazon permission to test censors that will allow drones to avoid obstacles. It is also allowed to conduct trial flights where a single person operates multiple drones.
The U.K. is charting a path forward for drone technology that will benefit consumers, industry and society.
Amazon’s goal is to deliver parcels of up to five pounds to customers in the U.K. within 30 minutes of order. The company has not been able to secure this crucial permissions in the U.S.
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