Amazon welcomes its newest delivery service option, Air Drone.
According to Ars Technica, the retail giant has started delivering packages for its customers through its Amazon Prime Air delivery service. The latest features are currently available only to residents of Rockford, CA and College Station, TX.
As described on the company’s website, the feature aims to deliver packages to customers’ homes within an hour by a hexagonal six-propeller MK27-2 drone.
Amazon says the drone will fly to a designated drop-off location at a “safe height”, release the package “safely”, and then return to the warehouse.
“Our goal is to bring drones safely into the skies. We are starting with these communities and will gradually expand delivery to more customers over time.
In 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration approved Amazon to deliver packages by drone. The FAA also submitted its final environmental assessment, findings of no significant impacts, and record of determination to Lockeford on November 14 and he to the College Station on December 12.
“Rockford residents will play a key role in defining the future,” Amazon said earlier this year. “Their feedback on Prime Air, a drone delivering packages in your backyard, will help us create a service that can safely scale to meet the needs of our customers everywhere.”
In addition to the approval, the FAA said the drone will only operate “during daylight hours up to five days a week.”
Last month, Amazon upgraded the drone with “better range, greater temperature tolerance, and the ability to fly in light rain.”
The company also added that it is working closely with its engineers to eliminate noise levels from the drones and ensure a comfortable delivery experience for customers.