Amazon.com, one of the biggest retail giants around the globe, just took a major step by delivering its very first package via a drone.
“Last week, Amazon made its very first customer delivery by a drone in just 13 minutes.”
The drone flew several miles from an Amazon warehouse to a farmhouse near Cambridge, U.K, bringing a package containing popcorn and a Fire TV, the company’s streaming device.
The drone is also fully autonomous and requires no human pilot. Amazon has also released a video showing the drone being launched and monitored by Amazon employees.
Drone delivery has long since been a dream of Amazon. Since as far back as 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been promising to deliver small packages to your house in just under half an hour after ordering them using drones. It might have seemed a little too premature at that time, but not anymore.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) December 14, 2016
This is a major milestone achieved by Amazon and will enable the retail giant to packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
Drones may have come a long way in the past few years but there are still quite a few reservations about their safety.
“Safety is our top priority,” Amazon said on its website. “We are currently permitted to operate during daylight hours when there are low winds and good visibility, but not in rain, snow or icy conditions.”
Moreover, there are still a lot of issues to work out regarding drone delivery.
Consequently, the drone delivery program will remain in its trial phase for now. It will be gradually expanded to dozens of customers living near the company’s warehouse but won’t open for the masses for quite some time.
As for it coming to Pakistan, that is a different question altogether.