Amazon Prime Air has begun private trials in England, and the first customer delivery by drone recently took place. Check it out! http://amzn.to/primeair
Oct. 5 -- If you're wondering what the future of shopping will be like, look no further than the outskirts of Reno, where a little startup called Flirtey is working on delivering packages to doorsteps with drones. They have a partnership with convenience store chain 7-Eleven and are experimenting first with over-the-counter medications to save parents with sick children a late-night run to the store. But the drone deliveries are made in insulated boxes, so a chili dog and slurpee dropping from the sky to your home is within reach.
Amazon is getting some competition in the drone delivery market.
We're excited about Prime Air — a delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles ...
Amazon Prime Air is a cargo airline that contracts through Air Transport International and Atlas Air, as well as a conceptual drone-based delivery system currently in development by Amazon.com. The cargo side is based at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky, near Cincinnati, Ohio.
As the drones have to make a controlled landing in a nicely spacious area, city-dwellers and those of you in blocks of flats are going to have some issues. As well as obstacles such as telephone wires and narrow streets, the lack of a private landing area could prove problematic.
Amazon is famous - perhaps infamous - for creating a huge core business, with brutal margins, that produces little to no profit. Yet it announced yesterday that it would roll out free shipping to all its customers on items that weigh 8 ounces or less with no minimum order size.
This was the first iteration of their drone design that was revealed to the public.
The second iteration of Amazon's drone design
Possibly the most advanced drone design Amazon created was this VTOL-like hybrid drone that could go much faster than typical drone designs.