Thursday June 26, 2014
Amazon's Drone delivery service plans have been grounded by the US federal Aviation Administration.
Imagine arriving home after a long day at work, realising you have forgotten to buy that all important DVD for your night in and wanting nothing more than to sit down and have dinner rather than going back out. Earlier this year Amazon announced that they were in the process of developing a solution for this very issue. Never mind next day or even same day delivery of your parcels, Amazon planned to deliver your parcel within 30 minutes by drone via their Amazon PrimeAir service.
Civilian air space was expected to be opened up to all kinds of drones in the US by 2015 and in Europe by 2016 so Amazon started to look at the technology to make this delivery system work. Sceptics felt it was a system that would never work and was merely designed for publicity, but Amazon stated that "from a technology point of view, we'll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place." You can take a look at the drones at work right here.
The Amazon PrimeAir dream however looks to now be in jeopardy as the Federal Aviation Administration has said that Amazon, and other firms, cannot use drones to deliver packages. The ruling states that it is barring the 'Delivering of packages to people for a fee’ which also includes free delivery in association to a purchase. But all is not lost for Amazon boss Jeff Bezos as the FAA has agreed to revisit the ruling later this year with the potential to have new rules in place by the end of 2015.
With this door left slightly open we cannot see the development of delivery by drone being dropped, whether it is through Amazon PrimeAir or other firms such as DHL who are also working on drone delivery projects. As Jeff Bezos has said, "… there is more invention to come".
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