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The Drone Delivery Era Begins With Amazon Test In U.K.

December 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Amazon launched a drone delivery test in the U.K. on December 7 that involves only two customers. The test will be expanded to several dozen, and then eventually several hundred, customers who live close to its first Prime Air fulfillment center near Cambridge. Drones are loaded with packages up to five pounds and then rolled out on rails for takeoff. The goal is to ensure that all deliveries arrive within a half an hour. The first Amazon drone delivery – it took 13 minutes from online order to drop off – was an Amazon Fire TV and a bag of popcorn. The drones only fly during daylight and optimum weather conditions.
Frederic Lardinois, "Amazon starts Prime Air drone delivery trial in the UK — but only with two beta users", Tech Crunch, December 15, 2016, © AOL Inc
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