Amazon has been testing drones in the UK since 2015
According to an email string that has been revealed after a freedom of information request, Amazon has been working with the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) on the testing of drones for delivery in UK airspace.
And some of the communication revealed has been, well, rather chummy.
An email from an Amazon employee dated May 2016 to the CAA says: We look forward to hopefully seeing all of you on Monday at our test facility. We’ve reviewed the most recent forecasts, and propose a start time of 11 a.m. Given we are still three days out, we will continue to monitor the forecast and I will update this thread if we need to shift the time.
We will be outdoors during the testing (approximately 1-2 hours). Temperatures can vary widely with the sun and the wind, so it is recommended to bring a jacket, dress in layers, and wear trainers or wellies since we will be in a field.”
There’s also plenty of talk of lunches and breakfasts.
Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here, at last, on the ground
You in mid-air
Send in the drones
Isn’t it bliss?
Don’t you approve?
One who keeps tearing around
One who can’t move
Where are the drones?
Send in the drones
Just when I’d stopped opening doors
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours
Making my entrance again with my usual flair
Sure of my lines
No one is there
Don’t you love farce?
My fault, I fear
I thought that you’d want what I want
Sorry, my dear
But where are the drones?
There ought to be drones
Quick, send in the drones
So how is drone delivery going to work. Do they message you and you open the window to let it in. Do they strap the parcel to the drone or does it use grabbers like the fairground games. Will they drop it in the middle of my yard just before a customer drives in and crushes it with a 7.5 t truck. Where do they steer them from and who will put the parcel on it. Don’t you need to be in sight of the drone to fly it safely. Can they go in lifts. Will drone delivery be an option.
its the air-to-surface missile that could be a big help with non payers and awkward buyers