Amazon Air drones have sky-high goals, cleared by FAA to exp…

[LAUREN TAYLOR]

IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE, IT’S A DRONE CARRYING AN AMAZON ORDER?

THE F-A-A HAS GIVEN CLEARANCE FOR A FLEET OF AMAZON DELIVERY DRONES TO BE UNLEASHED FURTHER THAN EVER.

THE AGENCY GRANTING AMAZON AIR “BEYOND VISUAL LINE OF SIGHT STATUS.”

MEANING, REMOTE DRONE OPERATORS NO LONGER HAVE TO BE WITHIN VIEW OF A RAPID-DELIVERY DRONE– MAKING DELIVERY EVEN FASTER. IN SOME CASES, YOUR ORDER MAY BE AT YOUR DOORSTEP IN LESS THAN AN HOUR.

AMAZON AIR HAS BEEN GOING SINCE 2020, BUT NOW A REMOTE PILOT CAN MONITOR AND CONTROL THE DRONE FROM AFAR. THE TECH GIANT SAYS THE NEW CLEARANCE WILL ALLOW IT TO DELIVER THOUSANDS OF MORE PACKAGES PER YEAR.

AMAZON SAYS ITS DONE EXTENSIVE TESTING WITH THE TECHNOLOGY.

THE DRONES HAVE AN ONBOARD “DETECT AND AVOID SYSTEM” AND HAVE BEEN TESTED IN REAL-WORLD SCENARIOS.

MANEUVERING THE DRONES AROUND PLANES, HELICOPTERS AND A HOT AIR BALLOON.

FOR NOW, THE F-A-A CERTIFICATION ALLOWS ONLY FOR DELIVERY AROUND ITS FULFILLMENT CENTER IN COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS.

THE COMPANY SAYS IT PLANS TO WORK DRONES INTO LARGER DELIVERY NETWORKS BY THE END OF 2024.

PRIME AIR TESTING IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY IN ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA AND ITALY.

AMAZON SAID ITS GOAL IS TO DELIVER 500 MILLION PACKAGES VIA DRONE, PER YEAR, BY THE END OF THE DECADE.

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