Amazon has used a drone to deliver in rural England

Amazon has used a drone to deliver a bag of popcorn to an address in rural England, in the first commercial outing for a technology that is the US group’s boldest step towards automating deliveries (see also “Amazon tests drones with the UK government” ndr.). The snack was delivered last week, along with a TV streaming stick, to the back garden of a customer  identified as Richard B, who the company yesterday said had placed the order 13 minutes earlier. A drone several times larger than a Frisbee took off with its payload from a modified shipping container that Amazon has built to serve the two customers who are taking part in the trial… The service is available seven days a week during daylight hours… Amazon’s prototype delivery drones can carry a shoebox-sized container weighing up to 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms)… The retailer expects to offer the “Prime Air” service to dozens of customers in Cambridgeshire in the coming months, before inviting hundreds more to participate in the tests.


Mark Vandevelde