AMAZON MAKES DRONE-DELIVERY HISTORY
Retail giant Amazon has made its first drone delivery to an actual customer, dropping off a Fire TV device and a bag of popcorn to a house in the rural English countryside 13 minutes after receiving an online order.
The delivery occurred Dec. 7 near Cambridge in a zone that British aviation authorities have authorized for drone test flights, according to a tweet Wednesday by company CEO Jeff Bezos and a video documenting the flight.
While the flight was conducted under British restrictions that for now prohibit such deliveries on a widespread basis, it marks a milestone in the race by companies such as Amazon and Alphabet to use unmanned vehicles to transform how customers buy and receive goods. The company is beginning broader delivery trials in an attempt to gather safety data to justify expansion of the program.
Drones could play a key role in helping Amazon manage costs while quickly delivering online orders.
The company has expanded its Prime Now service, which delivers tens of thousands of products commonly found in convenience and drug stores in as little as an hour. Bloomberg News
An Amazon Prime Air drone delivers a package last week.