Amazon to Test Commercial Deliveries Using Drones After FAA Approval

The latest version of drone deliveries from Amazon can start vertically and move forward like an airplane like a helicopter.

Amazon receives FAA green light for Drone Deliveries
Amazon receives FAA green light for Drone Deliveries. PHOTO via @AMAZON.COM

Amazon has received federal accreditation to test commercial deliveries using drones, and this week the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Part 135 Air Carrier certification.

  • Amazon’s vice president overseeing Prime Air said: ”This certification is an important step for Prime Air”.
  • The Seattle-based company unveiled its new delivery drone at the Las Vegas conference last year.
  • The latest Amazon drones deliveries by Prime Air can take off like a helicopter vertically and move forward like an airplane.

It is approaching Amazon to realize its purpose of delivering some packages in 30 minutes or less.

David Carbon, Amazon’s vice president overseeing Prime Air, said: “This certification is an important step for Prime Air, and represents FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety practices for an autonomous drone delivery service worldwide, which will one day deliver packages to our customers. ”

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The company said it would “constantly improve and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into the air and work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to realize our vision for 30-minute delivery.”

Technology Titan has long observed the power of drone technology in the last-mile logistics industry, where it is not constrained by congestion or complex infrastructure, which can shave delivery hours for certain items.

Dominating drone delivery

Since last year, Amazon has invested billions of dollars in upgrading its warehousing and distribution infrastructure. Shares of Walmart and Target fell after the retailer set a “one-day shipping standard for all Amazon Prime members”.

The Seattle-based company unveiled its new delivery drone at the Las Vegas conference last year. The latest Amazon drones deliveries by Prime Air can take off like a helicopter vertically and move forward like an airplane. 

The retailer estimates that its electric-powered drones can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages weighing less than five pounds within 30 minutes.

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In a highly competitive distribution landscape, short and fast services to consumers are paramount. These standards determine the factors that consumers need to list the services of which retailers, while epidemiology and increasing credibility on consumer e-commerce only serve this need, especially in the fast-growing online grocery industry.

Before the outbreak of the coronavirus, Bain & Company reported that only 3% – 4% of grocery spending in the United States was online. While online grocery sales accounted for 10% – 15% of total industry figures, this figure increased fivefold in the thickness of the epidemic.

By 2025, online grocery sales are expected to reach $100 billion and capture 20% of total grocery retail sales, according to a study by the Food Marketing Institute in Nielsen.

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