The Era of Drones Is Dawning

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4Q 2013 | IN-1017668


Amazon Is Planning to Use Drones for Packet Delivery


While Parrot’s AR.Drone Quadricopter has been known as a toy for many years, companies from a variety of industries are now increasingly exploring the commercial use of drones, aka Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Amazon’s plans to use drones for packet delivery is one of the most remarkable recent announcements. The Prime Air delivery service will be based on Amazon’s Octocopter drones to bring packets weighing less than 5 pounds (representing 86% of the inventory) to the customer’s premises in a 10-mile radius around any of Amazon’s 96 fulfillment centers within 30 minutes. This is another step toward fulfilling the consumer’s insatiable desire for instant gratification. Combined with reduced delivery costs compared to vans (as well as avoiding emissions), this will undoubtedly further boost e-commerce.

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