Amazon Drone Deliveries Within Months

Amazon Drone Deliveries Within Months
Amazon is almost ready to start delivering packages to Prime subscribers using its six-rotored drones.

(CCM) — Drones will be used to deliver packages weighing five pounds or less to some Amazon Prime customers in the U.S. "within months," according to a BBC report.

Talking at the company's Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Jeff Wilke, Amazon's worldwide consumer chief executive, said the drones will be able to travel up to 15 miles to make deliveries, and will be able to spot and avoid obstacles such as people, animals, and even washing lines.

However he made no specific comments about where the first deliveries would be made from, or exactly when they were scheduled to start.

The delivery drones will have six rotors which are surrounded by "shrouds" to prevent them from causing damage to people, animals, or objects, and they will use visual, thermal, and ultrasonic sensors to understand their immediate surroundings.

"If our drone's flight environment changes, or the drone's mission commands it to come into contact with an object that wasn't there previously, it will refuse to do so: it is independently safe," Wilke said in the report.

Amazon has been testing drones for deliveries for several years, and in 2016 it delivered a package during a trial in Cambridge, U.K..

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