We've known that Amazon has been working on its drone delivery service (Amazon Prime Air) for a while, but now we can finally see these drones in action! The company has released an ad on YouTube with British TV host Jeremy Clarkson showing exactly what Amazon's drones are capable of. Watch the video below:
According to the video, the quadcopters featured can rise up to 400 feet, fly vertically or horizontally, can carry up to 55 pounds, travel for 15 miles straight and also have "sense and avoid" systems to help with navigation. Those systems also survey landing zones - aka your backyard - for safe delivery, in 30 minutes or less.
However, Amazon Prime Air won't be ready in time to deliver your Christmas packages. In fact, according to the official website, "Putting Prime Air into service will take some time, but we will deploy when we have the regulatory support needed to realize our vision."
This delay could also have something to do with the FAA's cloudy and ever-evolving regulations on drones. In fact, current regulations require commercial drone operators keep their drones in sight, and Amazon's drones can easily travel much further than the eye can follow. However, Popular Science notes these rules are likely to change with future legislation.
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