Amazon drones aim to deliver in 30 minutes
E-tailer given green light for air testing
AMAZON plans to give the UK the fastest order-to-doorstep service in the world.
The e-tailer believes by using drones it could reach customers in just 30 minutes.
Talks with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Department for Transport have resulted in the green light for Air
Amazon’s UK boss, said the high-speed deliveries are “the goal we’ve set ourselves”.
And speaking at a
British Retail Consortium event in London, he added: “Next day is the standard service but we can offer one-hour through Prime Now with ground transportation.
“We think we can get that down to 30 minutes from click to delivery if we use drone technology.
“We are doing live testing of autonomous vehicles delivering to real customers.”
An agreement with the CAA and DFT has let Amazon trial drones over the past 18 months, testing aspects such as flying outside the line of sight, before regulations are changed. But Mr Gurr declined to set a launch date, saying safety and privacy issues need to be ironed out.
The global giant, which could create 2,500 UK jobs this year, has opened a building at its Cambridge centre to focus on Air Prime – while its smart speaker Alexa is hiring 650 technology experts.
GOAL Amazon’s Doug Gurr FLYING START Race is on to hone drone technology