amazon promised this Monday that it will begin to deliver orders using drones from the end of this year, when the system will begin testing in Lockeford, a small town in central California (USA).
The e-commerce giant assured in a statement that it already has the necessary technology and only needs to receive the approval of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, for its acronym in English), so that its products can fall from the sky to houses. of buyers.
“The promise of drone shipping has always seemed like science fiction. We have worked almost a decade to make it a reality,” the company boasted in a statement.
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According to Amazon, its engineers have developed a technology that solves one of the main problems of most drones in common use: they need to be manned because they are unable to recognize other objects in the way.
The company, based in Seattle (Washington state), defines this advance as a “sophisticated” and “industry-leading” system, which is capable of detecting and avoiding other aircraft, people, animals and obstacles, without the need for “visual observers”.
Lockeford, the city in which Amazon will begin testing the system after the approval of the Authorities, is located about 150 kilometers from San Francisco and has just over 3,000 inhabitants.
Although details about the operation of these drones are scarce, they will arrive at the buyer’s garden, land in a “free” zone, drop the package and return to the warehouse, the statement defines.
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Despite the novelty of the technology, Amazon is not the first company to deliver orders by air.
Its main competitor in the US, Walmart, has been testing drone delivery since last year in Arkansas and a few weeks ago announced that it was extending its program in certain parts of the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia, with the promise of reaching up to four million homes.
In the case of Walmart, shipments by drone cost $3.99 and hold a maximum of 4.5 kilograms.
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