Amazon Launches ‘Prime Air’ Drone Delivery Service — Will Members Save Money?
By Yaёl Bizouati-Kennedy, GOBankingRates
June 14, 2022
Amazon announced that it would launch its first drone delivery service -Prime Air- in Lockeford, California, later this year, after it receives permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local officials.
“The promise of drone delivery has often felt like science fiction. We’ve been working for almost a decade to make it a reality,” Amazon said in a statement on its website.
“The challenge: How do you get items to customers quickly, cost-effectively, and–most importantly–safely, in less than an hour? And how do you do it in a way that can scale? It’s relatively easy to use existing technology to fly a light payload a short distance that’s within your line of sight, but it’s a very different challenge to build a network that can deliver to customers across large communities,” the company added.
Prime Air is one of only three drone-delivery companies that has gone through the process to earn an FAA air carrier certificate, the company said.
The deliveries, which Amazon expects to be free of charge for subscribers of its Prime customers, will deliver from 32 locations by 2025, according to internal documents, according to Charged Retail.
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