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Amazon drones to fly 15 miles with 2kg parcels

By Chris Dawson January 21, 2016 - 10:01 am

Whilst Amazon are investing in “proper” delivery methods, vans, planes, ships and even bicycles in India, they keep coming back to Amazon Air and drones.

In their latest video, of course hosted by their controversial UK signing, Jeremy Clarkson, Amazon reveal that they intend to use a whole family of drone designs, one of which can fly for 15 miles carrying a parcel weighing up to 2kg. The drone itself weighs in at around 25kg so you wouldn’t want one crashing into your house, but then the ‘sense and avoid’ technology is intended to prevent this from happening.

With deliveries intended to be completed within 15 minutes of ordering, the drones will be flying at up to 60mph and even then most of us don’t live within 15 miles of an Amazon warehouse. On the plus side however, most of the products Amazon sell do weigh less than 2kg, so if you do live close enough and if Amazon get CAA approval to fly drones, one day you might get a Prime Air delivery.

  • Paul
    2 years ago

    Round my way, it would be a quick and easy way to acquire a free drone. All you would need would be a large butterfly net, and a bit of agility. And a bit of Humbrol modeling paint to repaint it.

    • james
      2 years ago

      and a good disguise to hide you from the onboard camera.
      and a knowedge of how to disable/reprogram the GPS chip.
      and a good electrical capability to rig your own (assuming here, daft not to have a) version of their proprietary charger.
      and a good lawyer for when the cops turn up at your door and arrest you for grand theft aero.
      – the price amazon will attribute to this, regardless of what it actaully cost, will likely rival some new cars. not a slap-on-the-wrists amount by any means.

      plus, what do you plan to do with this “free drone” without any means to control its flight?
      the IR transmitter from your £25 ebay drone aint gonna work this. you’d need to hack amazons central drone control system.
      and it wont be set up in such a way you could enjoy buzzing it round the garden even if you did, it will travel from one co-ordinate to another, carry out its delivery routine, and head back to base.

      besides, i’d pay good money to see someone standing on a roof with a butterfly net, attempting to catch a 25kg projectile travelling at high speed.

    • 2 years ago

      Just like that Paul for a Drome behind bars for couple years will teach you not to steal Son!! haha

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