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Amazon Prime Air's Drone Prototype Takes to Sky (Video)

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 An Amazon Prime Air drone lands on backyard target to deliver a package. (Amazon)

By    |   Monday, 30 Nov 2015 08:02 AM

Amazon Prime Air's drone prototype was unveiled on Sunday by the online retail giant which hopes to use it to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes while buzzing above traffic that delays other delivery services.

Amazon has been running tests with the prototype overseas but it has not delivered packages yet, said the Wall Street Journal.

"It looks like science fiction, but it's real," said Amazon's website. "One day, seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road. Amazon Prime Air is a future service that will deliver packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less using small drones."

"Flying under 400 feet and weighing less than 55 pounds, Prime Air vehicles will take advantage of sophisticated 'sense and avoid' technology, as well as a high degree of automation, to safely operate beyond the line of sight to distances of 10 miles or more," 



The Federal Aviation Administration has already approved a plan to allow Amazon to fly the drones for research said USA Today. Amazon has one of 128 exemptions the government agency has granted in connection with commercial drone use.

"We are testing many different vehicle designs and delivery mechanisms to discover how best to deliver packages in a variety of environments," said Amazon. "We have more than a dozen prototypes that we've developed in our research and development labs. The look and characteristics of the vehicles will evolve over time."

TechCrunch said Amazon Prime Air isn't around for Cyber Monday deliveries because it still has plenty of bugs to work out.

"Chances are, we won't see these new drones deliver packages in a city anytime soon," said thetechnology blog. "The new design, however, should work really well in a more rural and suburban area (and yes, feel free to leave us a comment about how you would shoot it down if it flew over your house)."

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Amazon Prime Air's drone prototype was unveiled on Sunday by the online retail giant which hopes to use it to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes while buzzing above traffic that delays other delivery services.
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