Ama­zon drones aim to de­liver in 30 min­utes

E-tailer given green light for air test­ing

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES - BY RUKI SAYID Con­sumer Edi­tor ruki.sayid@mir­

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

Prime tests.

Doug Gurr,

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

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