Amazon to start delivering packages with drones in Texas later this year

On Friday, Amazon announced that it would soon begin delivering drones to College Point, Texas.

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Amazon said On Friday, it will start delivering packages to customers by drone in College Station, Texas later this year.

A city in east Texas has become the second place where Prime Air drone delivery has been launched. Amazon last month announced at the end of this year, he will deliver several parcels by drone to the city of Lockford in Northern California.

Amazon said it will work with Texas A&M University, located in College Station, to deploy drones. Amazon shoppers in Lockford and College Station will be able to get free drone delivery of thousands of everyday items, Amazon says.

The company said its drones are capable of delivering packages weighing up to five pounds in less than an hour. According to Amazon, Prime Air drones can fly at speeds up to 50 miles per hour and at altitudes up to 400 feet.

The company says its drones fly to a specified delivery location, descend into customers’ backyards, and hover at a safe height. According to Amazon, the device releases the packet, rises to the height again and returns to the base.

Amazon’s drone delivery program has been slow since 2013, when founder and then CEO Jeff Bezos the company said tested the technology and promised that a half-hour delivery by Prime Air drones would appear as early as 2018.

Since then, Amazon has made some progress in its efforts, unveiling an updated version of its Prime Air delivery drone in 2019 at the re:MARS conference in Vegas. At the time, Jeff Wilke, who was the boss of consumer success at Amazon, proclaimed drones will be used “for several months” to deliver packages.

Amazon reached a milestone in August 2020, when the Federal Aviation Administration granted approval to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones.

But the drone delivery program has also reportedly suffered some setbacks, such as high turnoveras well as numerous accidentsincluding one that started a 20-acre wildfire in eastern Oregon, according to Business Insider.

Amazon spokesman Aw Zammit said the Business Insider report refers to events that occurred during routine testing operations over a controlled, uninhabited area using a now retired drone model. Amazon expects such events to occur in test scenarios, and no one was hurt as a result of these flights, he added. Each test is conducted in accordance with applicable regulations, Zammit said.

“College Station package delivery operations will not be experimental operations,” Zammit said in a statement. “Instead, they will be operated under an FAA-issued air carrier certificate that allows for commercial shipments and shows that our end-to-end processes meet the FAA’s high safety bar.”

Amazon said it does not share turnover information. The company added that Prime Air continues to hire and retain talent.

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