Amazon starting drone deliveries in California town later this year2022-06-13 19:49 by Daniela
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Amazon is taking steps to get its long-delayed drone delivery project off the ground. The company announced that it would launch its inaugural drone delivery service in the town of Lockeford, California, later this year after it receives the green light from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The ecommerce company started contacting customers in Lockeford this week to ask them to opt in to drone delivery, said Amazon spokesperson Av Zammit. Once a customer enrolls, an Amazon employee will visit to make sure their yard has enough clear space to accept drone deliveries, Zammit added.
Amazon said the drone technology can detect and fly around obstacles like chimneys.
"It can also detect moving objects on the horizon, like other aircraft, even when it's hard for people to see them," Amazon said. "If obstacles are identified, our drone will automatically change course to safely avoid them." The drone also makes sure there aren't people, animals or other obstacles at the delivery site, the company said.
Drone delivery will be free for Prime members, and only Prime members can use the service. There will be "thousands of items available" for drone delivery, Zammit said, while declining to offer more details.
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