Amazon also released a number of videos, one of them showing that the actual delivery took less than 13 minutes to complete.
This marks a major milestone for Amazon which announced back in July that it intended to make unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) deliveries available to its customers. Back then, the company said its drones were designed to deliver packages weighing up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less.
The video released yesterday, showed a customer in Cambridge first waiting for his order and then walking out of his home to pick up the package that was delivered by a drone in the lawn of his property.
“Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system,” Amazon said, on its website.
There may be a few caveats.
For example, for now at least, customers may be able to order seven days a week – but only during daylight hours, and when the weather is fine for flying a drone.
The video also showed that a customer might have to roll out a mat on the ground (perhaps ideally somewhere in the backyard) for the drone to know where it can land.
Amazon’s idea of drone delivery made its first public debut in 2013 when it was featured in a 60 Minutes video.
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