On July 25, 2016, Amazon reported that, with the assistance of the UK government, it will start testing new strategies for a parcel delivery framework by means of the utilization of drones through exploration and trials.
The drone delivery system, called Prime Air, will expectedly have the capacity to securely get packages of up to five pounds to clients in 30 minutes or less.
This pivotal work will help Amazon and the Government see how drones can be utilized securely and dependably as a part of the logistics business. It will likewise distinguish what working guidelines and security controls will be expected to advance the drone business.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given authorization for the testing of sensor performance of the drones themselves, beyond line of sight operations in rural and suburban areas and flights with multiple highly-automated drones operated by one pilot.
To guarantee the security of the operation past viewable pathway, the CAA will have a major part in the exploration and testing of drones.
PTI had already reported a 5 year waiting period for the Prime Air to become a reality for customers, with new aviation rules for drone flight set to be implemented in US airspace by August, 2016.
Port and terminal operator DP World is also eyeing the possibilities of utilising drones to provide a more personalised service for customers, while citing this method of transport as the future of smart trade.
Paul Misener, Vice President of Global Innovation Policy and Communications at Amazon, said: “The UK is a leader in enabling drone innovation – we’ve been investing in Prime Air research and development here for quite some time.”
“This announcement strengthens our partnership with the UK and brings Amazon closer to our goal of using drones to safely deliver parcels in 30 minutes to customers in the UK and elsewhere around the world.”
Tim Johnson, Policy Director with the CAA, said: “We want to enable the innovation that arises from the development of drone technology by safely integrating drones into the overall aviation system; these tests by Amazon will help inform our policy and future approach.”
Misener concluded: “Using small drones for the delivery of parcels will improve customer experience, create new jobs in a rapidly growing industry, and pioneer new sustainable delivery methods to meet future demand; the UK is charting a path forward for drone technology that will benefit consumers, industry and society.”
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Source: Port Technology International