Drone Delivery Services are coming.
Amazon Prime Air will be a drone delivery service that is capable of delivering packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less using drones and flying up to 15 miles.
Amazon Showing off their drone from their Youtube Channel
As of now, the trial occurred in the United Kingdom. The new drone uses a combination of thermal cameras, depth cameras, and sonar to detect hazards. The onboard computers are able to detect anything from power lines to hang gliders. The UAV's rotors are also covered for improved safety. The covers also are used as wings during the flight. Amazon’s Re: MARS conference in Las Vegas, Amazon’s consumer worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke emphasized the aircraft’s safety features. “We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if the system is incredibly safe,” said Wilke
According to Amazon, the weight payload is approximately 75 to 95% of what their orders are anyways. According to Wilke at the MARS conference in Las Vegas, “You’re going to see it delivering packages to customers in a matter of months.” Still, no word if and when there is a pilot city that these tests will take place.
With this all being said about Amazon's New Prime Air, let's rewind not even a month ago. The Federal Aviation Administration announced on December 26th, 2019 a long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on remote identification (Remote ID) for unmanned aircraft systems (drones). I blogged about this when these rules first came out. https://www.nepadrone.com/post/faa-announces-remote-identification-proposal
Google with FedEx Created "Wing"
I am not really a conspiracy theorist, but I truly believe big companies like Amazon and Google who recently teamed up with FedEx and started "Wing" are behind the new proposed rules. These companies are clearing the air for their services. I mean, do they really want other drones in their airspace under 400ft AGL? Probably not, that would be bad for business if their drones can't make their deliveries and having other aircraft in their way. I guess we will see. Hey Google or Amazon, If you are looking for pilots, I know a guy!