Duck! Here comes your Ama­zon de­liv­ery

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Katherine Rushton Me­dia and Tech­nol­ogy Edi­tor

PIC­TURE the scene: A fly­ing ro­bot cruises across the sky at 50mph, hov­ers above your gar­den, then de­scends un­til it is inches from the lawn and gen­tly de­posits a par­cel.

You al­ready know what is in­side – be­cause you or­dered the goods from Ama­zon only half an hour ear­lier.

As a de­liv­ery method it sounds un­likely, but yes­ter­day the on­line gi­ant re­leased footage of a prototype in ac­tion. The video, pre­sented by ex-Top Gear pre­sen­ter Jeremy Clark­son, shows the drone be­ing loaded up in a ware­house mo­ments af­ter a mother or­ders new foot­ball boots for her daugh­ter.

It whooshes through the open roof of the build­ing and up to 400ft in ‘a mir­a­cle of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy’, ac­cord­ing to Clark­son – whose new show is be­ing recorded by Ama­zon.

At the de­liv­ery ad­dress it de­scends to­wards a small white sheet bear­ing an Ama­zon logo which the cus­tomer has placed on the lawn and care­fully drops the par­cel on it.

The video says the drone will carry a pack­age of up to 5lb and fly for 15 miles. The drones re­port­edly weigh up to 55lb, fu­elling fears of ac­ci­dents if they fly into build­ings, air­craft or peo­ple. How­ever, Clark­son says ‘sense-and-avoid tech­nol­ogy’ will pre­vent any dis­as­ters.

Ama­zon wants to of­fer the Prime Air ser­vice by next sum­mer. How­ever, the drones are yet to get the go-ahead from reg­u­la­tors.

The drone, which can carry up to 5lb, as­cends to 400ft and flies at 50mph to­wards the cus­tomer’s home

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...to­wards the drone which is wait­ing for it at the bot­tom of a chute

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...and de­scends to­wards it to gen­tly de­liver the pack­age

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Over the lawn it lo­cates a tar­get placed by the cus­tomer

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Job done, the drone lifts off again to fly back to base

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At Ama­zon, the par­cel rolls along a con­veyor belt

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The pack­age is loaded into the drone

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