Westborough – Media gathered at Amazon Robotics in Westborough in November, Amazon Robotics unveiled the Prime Air drone.
The drone was unveiled as part of an event called “Delivering the Future” held at the Westborough facility.
“How can you get your goods to your customers quickly, cost-effectively, and most importantly safely within an hour? , how do you support over 130 million customers in a variety of environments?” said Vice President of Prime Air David Carbon.
He continued, “You might be surprised to hear me say that it’s actually not that hard to use a drone to deliver a package.”
According to Carbon, Amazon has designed and built an autonomous electric drone system that can deliver packages weighing less than 5 pounds within an hour from order to delivery.
“We know customers and the public will accept drone deliveries if they know the system is safe and reliable,” says Carbon. “It’s our job to do it with more than promises and words.”
Carbon has passed the tests that drones go through. According to his presentation, Amazon has developed a “sophisticated, state-of-the-art detection and evasion system.” This will allow drones to seamlessly integrate into the country’s airspace reacting to and avoiding other aircraft, people, pets and obstacles.
“Even if those obstacles weren’t there the day before,” Carbon said.
Drone MK30 is scheduled to enter service in 2024.
Amazon’s Westborough footprint
This tour was taken when Amazon expanded its operations on Otis Street.
Amazon will open its Westborough Robotics Center in the AstraZeneca building at 50 Otis Street in 2021.
Employees at the Westborough facility code, design, test and build both the robots and the technology, which are then used throughout the company, according to Amazon.
In addition to drones, Amazon officials have announced robots named “Sparrow” and “Proteus.” Amazon says sparrows have the ability to identify, select and pick up goods, while bright green proteus can carry heavy carts.
Amazon Robotics will soon grow even further after a 100,000-square-foot expansion next to 54 Otis Street was approved by the Planning Commission.
At the time, attorney Robert Buckley said the facility would be an ancillary research and development facility tied to the work being done at Amazon Robotics.
Buckley said on April 5, “We’ve been planning this for quite some time.
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