Amazon says drone delivery will start in late 2022

It seems, the delivery project through drones by amazon is (finally) close to becoming a reality. The company has announced that it will launch its service in the city of Lockeford, California, later this year after receiving approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Drone delivery in Lockeford will be eligible for “thousands of products”, according to Amazon, through its Prime delivery service. Av Raichura Zammit, a spokesperson for the company, said: “In terms of new approvals, the FAA will review our plans and confirm that our proposed Lockeford operation is in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.”

Companies that want to work with this type of service need the Part 135 certification FAA, which allows you to operate a commercial drone delivery service. Amazon has already received this approval, along with Alphabet’s Wing and UPS.

Amazon says it is developing technology to improve obstacle avoidance, both on the ground and in the air. In the US, drone delivery is generally more considered for smaller cities, without as much structure complexity and fewer people. In addition, one of the goals is to make drones able to fly safely beyond the pilot’s normal line of sight (BVLOS).

Amazon’s Air Delivery Project has been in development for nearly a decade. The organization’s former CEO, Jeff Bezos, first announced 30-minute drone deliveries in 2013. But there were several setbacks, including crashes at the test site, alleged safety lapses, and high employee turnover.

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