Amazon’s drone delivery plans shot down by the US
Amazon’s exciting plans for drone delivery may have been shot down in flames this week, but the company say they are still forging ahead with their octo-chopper designs. It is amazing to think that at some point in the future people will be able to order an item online and receive it just 30 minutes later. This sounds like the stuff of sci-fi, but Amazon insist it is the future for delivery companies. However, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) recently put forward proposed regulations on the use of drones – and stopping companies like Amazon from using them as delivery vehicles.
According to a recent report in the Telegraph it was two years ago that Amazon launched its exciting idea for Prime Air – a delivery service in 30 minutes or less. After plans were halted in the US there are thoughts it may go ahead in other, less regulated, countries, but that is still unknown. The UK also has tough rules on the use of drones, so it’s not likely we will be seeing them in our skies any time soon.
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For now Amazon’s Prime Air is still in the developmental stages at centres in the UK, the US and Israel, and they are testing different vehicle types. Possible problems so far include that the drones can only carry objects weighing up to five pounds, and the octo-choppers would be flying over densely populated towns and cities, so safety has to be paramount. Also there is the problem of the goods, or the aircraft, being stolen.