As convenient as Amazon’s “Same Day” shipping service is, the retail giant isn’t satisfied with just getting your packages to you the same day you order them. Next, they want to ensure delivery within thirty minutes, via a drone!
According to MarketWatch, the service, currently being called “Prime Air,” isn’t available yet, and no launch date has been announced, but Amazon seems pretty deep into preparations for it. The commercial they posted (below) announcing it contains actual flight footage of a drone delivering a package, and fully explains how the service will work.
It will be interesting to see how this develops, where it will be available, and just how reliable it is. But in parts of America, at least, where going to the store to buy something can take up upwards of an hour in travel time alone, Prime Air could be yet another game changer to make our lives more efficient and filled with robots.
We’ve listed the most common myths about Amazon drones, and why they aren’t true.
1. Drones can’t carry heavy packages, so what’s the point?
Amazon drones are currently advertised as being able to carry packages up to five pounds, so it’s true that the current drones being tested can’t carry much weight. But 86% of the items that Amazon delivers weigh less than five pounds, Jeff Bezos said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes”.
2. Drones are targeted by thieves.
Could thieves steal packages delivered by drone right off your front porch? Yes. They could also steal packages delivered by a truck right off your front porch. Package theft is surely a problem for drones, but it’s not a problem unique to drones.
3. Air traffic control will never exist at low altitude.
It doesn’t exist now, but it will soon. NASA has been working on an air-traffic system for drones since 2013 through its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management program.
4. Drones can’t fly long enough to get packages to everyone.
Amazon drones can fly for 15 miles, according to Amazon’s latest video. It’s conceivable that the drones could fly farther. Australian company Flirtey’s drones can fly as far as 20 miles before its batteries die while carrying a 5.5-pound payload.