Amazon on quest of fast delivery through mobile app
The e commerce company calls its drone delivery service "Amazon Prime Air" with the aim was of delivering packages to customer's homes by air. Previously it was allowed to test drones indoors near its headquarters in Seattle.
The e-commerce company calls its drone delivery service by the name of Amazon Prime Air, however it is supposed to follow a set of rules such as the drones can only fly in daylight and cannot exceed 400 feet while flying.The company wants to take their speed delivery service to another level is currently under the implication of developing a mobile application which will use people like you and me to deliver packages from one place to another, en route to their destinations rather than using special delivery services available.
Amazon is expected to enlist brick-and-mortar retailers that can be found in urban areas to store the packages, which is more likely renting their space for storage through paying a per-package fee to the retailer. Internally the service is being dubbed as “On My Way,” however, any spokesperson denied to comment on the topic.
Despite previously retrieving approval from FAA in order to test drones, these were required to be operated by a pilot and should be certified to fly a private operated aircraft. Most importantly, the drone should be in sight of the pilot, this would not let Amazon experiment its drone at a full scale, as many of the customers would be far away from the pilot sight.
Along with these requirements, the company is supposed to share all testing details to FAA such as number of flights taken, pilot time, drone functionality and communication letdowns. Previously Amazon was allowed to test the operations of drones indoors near its headquarters in Seattle.
However, FAA did not announce any plans of initiating the use of independent drones by companies like Amazon even though they plan to allow more commercial usage of drones in future. The organization’s major concern is only about the safety of these operations as many people from different industries have shown interest of using drones for commercial purposes.
The set of rules are far too curbing for the company to operate its service. Interestingly, Amazon has warned the regulators to ease off the restrictions or else all the jobs and the investment money will be flown outside U.S. However, the company has initiated its drones testing outside U.S. as it is authorized to fly its drones over a private property area, which is said to be located somewhere far from people or crowd in Washington State.
The approval received by the e commerce company was not something they were looking for in the first place, as the experimental airworthiness certification is usually given to aerospace companies involved in research and development on latest technologies related to drones.
Are they in quest of putting delivery services out of work? Only time will tell.