Amazon Inc is now saying that it will start to use drones in a matter of months. This news was presented to the public at the MARS Conference in Las Vegas, with the company`s CEO of Amazon Worldwide Consumer, Jeff Wilke, sharing the news and design specs for the new Prime Air drone. According to an article on CNBC, attributed to Taylor Dunn, Mr Wilke discussed the drones on a blog as well. “We have been hard at work building fully electric drones that can fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes,” Mr Wilke was quoted.
According to Amazon the new drones will be safe and more efficient because they are designed to detect static and moving objects from any direction while in motion. For the developers, the most challenging aspect of flying drones was having them “see” wires while flying, especially in low-altitude flights. Wilke said in a blog post that the challenges are there. It seems that the solutions needed are being solved with artificial intelligence technologies. It is important to note that the FAA or Federal Aviation Administration said it issued a Special Airworthiness Certificate to Amazon Prime Air.
This would allow Amazon to operate its MK27 unmanned aircraft for research and development. In addition to Amazon, Alphabet the parent company of Google, has been working on Wing Aviation, the first drone company to receive an Air Carrier Certificate from the FAA, in April. Wing Aviation conducted over 70,000 est flights with more than 3,000 deliveries to Australian doorsteps, driveways and backyards. It will launch in Virginia and in Finland this month. More on this topic in the coming weeks.