After a promise made by Amazon in 2013 regarding drone deliveries, it seems they are finally ready to pull the trigger. Although the company is a year behind from their target deadline, their drone delivery system will start to cover their customers’ orders in a few months’ time. Meet the Prime Air.
Prime Air Incoming
Their main drone is the Prime Air, is a small drone with six rotors for flight. As the name implies, the drone delivery service is only offered to Amazon Prime members (so far). The drone delivery offers advantages such as same day deliveries, and an overall faster service. For smaller items and closer customers, the Prime Air can deliver their packages in under 30 minutes.
It accomplishes this feat due to its supreme capabilities. The Air Prime can fly up to 25 kilometers in a single charge. This gives Amazon’s drone delivery service a decent distance to work with. It also means that its range is a bit farther than average.
Of course, as with other drone deliveries, Amazon Prime’s Prime Air has limitations. For one, you can only order smaller items since drones have a low carrying capacity. Bigger items would still have to rely on traditional methods, such as delivery trucks, to get to your door. This limits the orders one can have for the faster deliveries.
Another issue is the reliability of a drone’s accuracy. Several factors can make it difficult for your package to arrive unscathed – if at all – at your door. Weather conditions can severely limit a drone’s flying capabilities. In fact, even a bit of rain can hamper a drone’s trip, to the point that it may not even be allowed to fly. The drone, with its flight and dropping off packages, may damage your order. It is a possibility, considering one small bump in the air can easily take down a drone.