Amazon delays on five-year drone delivery promise

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Jeff Bezos’ 2013 promise to provide drone delivery within five years has not yet seen fruition.

Despite a slow build of excitement around the potential Amazon advancement, the company has not yet confirmed when the process will be readily available.

The firm did successfully complete a trial delivery in Cambridge in 2016 and seemingly went some way in expanding its Prime Air team in Manchester earlier this year but due to regulation and legislation barriers the service is still some off way being up and running.

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According to a report from the Associated Press, although drones may start to be used to carry medicine and supplies to people in remote locations, instant delivery of consumer goods may still be a distant dream due to battery life issues and privacy concerns.

Drone analyst and CEO of Skylogic Research, Colin Snow, told AP: “I don’t think you will see delivery of burritos or diapers in the suburbs.”

However, Amazon did confirm it is still pushing ahead with plans to use drones for quick deliveries, but admitted that it is staying away from fixed timelines.

Kristen Kish, spokesperson for Amazon, confirmed the news and told the Associated Press: “We are committed to making our goal of delivering packages by drones in 30 minutes or less a reality.”

The push for consumer drone delivery seems to be worldwide plan for the Seattle-based firm which has drone development centres in the United States, Austria, France, Israel as well as the UK.

Firms aside from Amazon, such as United Parcel Delivery and DHL, have also tested drone package delivery but have since agreed that battery life could become a problem.

CEO of DHL’s parent company Deutche Post AG, agreed on the fact that battery life is the biggest hindrance.

Speaking to the Associated Press, he said: “If you have to recharge them every other hour, then you need so many drones and you have to orchestrate that. So good luck with that, to program that in IT is not that easy and not cheap.”

In May of this year, President Trump’s administration authorised a three-year program for private companies and local government agencies to test drones for deliveries, meaning the technology could still be on the horizon.

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