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Amazon completes first drone delivery test in UK

LBR Staff Writer Published 15 December 2016

Ecommerce firm Amazon has successfully delivered package through using drone in the UK.

Through Prime Air drone service, Amazon has delivered the package, containing an Amazon Fire TV and bag of popcorn, to the customer in Cambridge in 13 minutes.

Amazon Prime Air is a service, which will deliver packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less using small drones.

The data from the trial will help the company to improve the safety and reliability of the drone delivery systems and operations.

Currently, the firm is testing different vehicle designs and delivery mechanisms to effectively deliver packages in a variety of operating environments.

Amazon operates Prime Air development centers in the US, the UK, Austria and Israel. It is testing the vehicles in multiple international locations.

In June this year, the company secured approval from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the UK to test the delivery of parcels through small drones.

The approval allows the firm to test he drones beyond line of sight operations in rural and suburban areas, test sensor performance in order to ensure that the unmanned drones identify and avoid obstacles, and test operation of flights where one person operates multiple highly-automated drones.

According to Amazon, the CAA will be involved during the testing to ensure safe use of drones beyond line of sight.

Image: Amazon Prime Air has delivered package to the customer in Cambridge in 13 minutes. Photo: courtesy of Amazon.com, Inc.