It's already been three years since Amazon first revealed its somewhat audacious plan to make deliveries by drone. But the company is quite serious about this, and today it is announcing that it complete the first Amazon Prime Air drone-powered delivery. The company recently launched a trial in Cambridge, England -- and on December 7th, Amazon completed its first drone-powered delivery. It took 13 minutes from order to delivery, with the drone departing a custom-built fulfillment center nearby. Amazon's video about the project says that it's only servicing a few customers in the area right now, but will soon be open to dozens more who live within a few miles of the Cambridge fulfillment center.
It's not secret Amazon wants to leverage drones to help deliver packages. A recent patent might shed light on how the process could work. Amazon earned a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a drone system allowing the vehicle to react when someone waves their hands or shouts. The patent was first spotted by tech site Geekwire. When a drone recognizes a human gesture through one of its sensors, it will process it against a database of gestures then respond accordingly.
Amazon Prime Air made its first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer in England on December 7, 2016. Amazon Prime Air hit a milestone this month, launching its first drone delivery in a private trial in the Cambridge area of England. The December 7 delivery was fully autonomous, from the take off to landing and including the return trip, and it took 13 minutes to deliver the package. Prime Air's beta trial has so far only made deliveries to two customers, though Amazon said it plans to extend the trial in the coming months to "dozens" of people who live within several miles of the Amazon UK facility equipped with drones. Amazon is only permitted to operate its drones during daylight hours when there's low wind and good visibility.
Amazon.com has been granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a delivery drone that can respond to human gestures. The concept is part of Amazon's goal to develop a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles that can get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. Issued earlier this week, the patent may help Amazon grapple with how flying robots might interact with human bystanders and customers waiting on their doorsteps. Depending on a person's gestures -- a welcoming thumbs up, shouting or frantic arm waving -- the drone can adjust its behavior, according to the patent. The machine could release the package it's carrying, alter its flight path to avoid crashing, ask humans a question or abort the delivery, the patent says.
The package company and its partner, CVS, have completed the first commercial medical drone delivery in the US. Using a M2 drone, the prescriptions were lowered down to two separate destinations via a cable while the unmanned aerial vehicle hovered 20 feet above each home. UPS and CVS, have completed the first commercial medical drone delivery in the US. The milestone is a result of UPS becoming the first drone delivery service to receive full approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. UPS and CVS carried out two flights on Friday, November 1st – both dropped off prescriptions to paying customers in Cary, North Carolina.