IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Amazon trials drone delivery service

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reveals company's latest attempt to ensure faster product drop-offs.

Amazon logo

Online retail giant Amazon wants to use drones to deliver packages weighing up to five pounds to customers within 30 minutes of ordering.

The firm's chief executive Jeff Bezos told American TV show "60 Minutes" the use of unmanned aircraft to deliver packages is being trialled at the moment.

The delivery method, dubbed Prime Air, is not expected to be introduced for another four-to-five years, Bezos said.

"I know this looks like science fiction, but it's not," he said.

"We can do half-hour deliveryand we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds, which covers 86 per cent of the items we deliver."

The drones Amazon intends to use resemble remote control planes and will pick up items from Amazon distribution centres and drop them off at customers' homes.

In a post on the Amazon website, the firm said it will need to wait for clearance from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before it can push ahead with its drone delivery plans.

"From a technology point of view, we'll be ready to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place," the company said.

"One day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today."

The company has also been quick to assure customers the drones will be designed with safety in mind.

"The FAA is actively working on rules and an approach for unmanned aerial vehicles that will prioritize public safety," the company said.

"Safety will be our top priority, and our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards."

Featured Resources

Accelerating AI modernisation with data infrastructure

Generate business value from your AI initiatives

Free Download

Recommendations for managing AI risks

Integrate your external AI tool findings into your broader security programs

Free Download

Modernise your legacy databases in the cloud

An introduction to cloud databases

Free Download

Powering through to innovation

IT agility drive digital transformation

Free Download

Recommended

Amazon signs launch deals with Arianespace, Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance for Project Kuiper
broadband

Amazon signs launch deals with Arianespace, Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance for Project Kuiper

6 Apr 2022
AWS to invest £1.8bn in UK data centres and other cloud infrastructure
Cloud

AWS to invest £1.8bn in UK data centres and other cloud infrastructure

18 Mar 2022
AWS launches carbon tracking tool for its cloud customers
cloud computing

AWS launches carbon tracking tool for its cloud customers

2 Mar 2022
How to think like a Digital CFO
Whitepaper

How to think like a Digital CFO

13 Jan 2022

Most Popular

LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks
Security

LockBit 2.0 ransomware disguised as PDFs distributed in email attacks

27 Jun 2022
Open source giant Red Hat joins HPE GreenLake ecosystem
automation

Open source giant Red Hat joins HPE GreenLake ecosystem

28 Jun 2022
Carnival hit with $5 million fine over cyber security violations
cyber security

Carnival hit with $5 million fine over cyber security violations

27 Jun 2022