Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has a video of its first-ever Amazon Prime Air drone delivery.
The first Amazon Prime Air drone delivery took place on Dec. 7, 2016. The deliver was fully autonomous, which means that there was no human pilot involved. The entire process only took 13 minutes to complete.
The delivery took place in the Cambridge area of England. The company is currently conducing a trail for delivery service there. The packages are sent via drone from one of the company’s fulfillment centers that is nearby.
The fulfillment center near Cambridge is different than normal ones. It is designed specifically to handle Amazon Prime Air drone delivery. This includes a special track that takes the drones out of the building so that they can take off for deliveries.
The Amazon Prime Air drone delivery trial has the drones remaining below 400 feet while taking and returning packages to customers. The drones are able to take packages that weigh up to five pounds to customers.
The autonomous drones are able to complete the deliveries with the help of GPS. This includes going out for and returning from an Amazon Prime Air drone delivery without the aid of a person. The packages are delivered within 30 minutes after an order is placed.
Amazon.com, Inc. is planning to use data collected from this beta test to further its Amazon Prime Air drone delivery plans. The current test is limited to a couple of customers, but will expand to include more in the Cambridge area over time.