AMAZON has taken a close look at its new Prime Air delivery drone that could one day deliver your packages.
Prime Air drones can travel at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and reach altitudes of 400 feet.
Amazon presented its new drone to journalists at its “Delivering the Future” event this week.
They’re testing it at two locations in Northern Carolina and Texas.
The tech giant said in a recent blog post, “The promise of drone delivery has often felt like science fiction, and we’ve been working to make it a reality for nearly a decade.
“So far we’ve built all-electric drones that can deliver packages under 5 pounds to customers in less than an hour from click to delivery.
“Earlier this year we announced that customers living in Lockeford, California and College Station, Texas will be among the first to receive Prime Air deliveries later this year.”
Amazon has been working on several drones and used its recent event to showcase its shiny MK30 version.
It stated: “Today we are introducing our next generation delivery drone – the MK30.
“Due to enter service in 2024, this drone will be lighter and smaller than the MK27-2 – the drone that will be making our first deliveries at Lockeford and College Station.
“The MK30’s longer range, expanded temperature tolerance, safety-critical features and new ability to fly in light rain will allow customers to elect to use drone delivery more often.”
One catch with drones right now is that they can only deliver packages weighing 5 pounds or less.
However, this still includes a wide range of popular Amazon products, including books and many everyday essentials.
The MK30 drone has cameras on the nose and tail so it can see where it’s flying.
It drops packets from its rear end and shouldn’t be too noisy when flying around.
Amazon has been working to reduce the noise of its drone and says the new drone design will “reduce the MK30’s perceived noise by an additional 25%”.
The safety of the drone was also emphasized.
Amazon said: “We know that our customers only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries when they know the system is safe and reliable. Our drone can encounter new, unexpected situations and still make safe decisions – autonomously and safely.
“We have developed a sophisticated and industry-leading detection and avoidance system that allows our drone to operate at greater distances while safely and reliably avoiding other aircraft, people, pets and obstacles.”
The tech giant noted that it was impossible to eliminate “all the risks” of flying the drones in neighborhood areas.
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